Training is the key to being prepared for an active shooter situation in Franklin County, Jeff Richards said.

Two free active shooter training sessions are scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 30 at Ottawa Middle School, 1230 S. Ash St., Ottawa, Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said. Class sizes are limited to 40 people per session and pre-registration is required. Richards noted Wednesday that both sessions are almost filled up.

Pre-registration is at The Gun Guys, 412 S. Main St., Ottawa, which is organizing the sessions with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Register by calling (785) 418-0711 or e-mail

“They’ll have to sign a waiver saying they agree to not take any weapons in and stuff like that,” he said. “Safety is paramount. When we do these for ourselves, we lock all our weapons up and we get searched twice to make sure we don’t have any weapons. We will do the same for this group so we don’t have anybody hurt.”

The training program is called ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate), which previously has been used by the sheriff’s office to train residents at local education facilities, according to Herald archives. The program website is

“I have also talked with Nick Robbins (Franklin County ambulance director),” Richards said Wednesday morning. “He will have a crew standing by in case anyone has any injuries or any medical conditions.”

Richards also noted that there may be more active shooter training sessions in the future, including a couple sessions planned in Wellsville.

Clinton Dick is a Herald staff writer. Email him at