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Chris Cerino is a professional and is giving educators the opportunity to advance their skills – even if their skills are zero.

I shared this article on his program in order to get folks talking about training in programs just like Chirs’ in Seville and Rittman.  

A former Medina County sheriff’s deputy and Medina police officer looks forward to his fourth year of training school personnel in active-shooter response tactics this summer.

A screen shot from Tom's Twitter feed“We’ll have two, three-day FASTER courses in June,” Chris Cerino told the Gazette Jan. 11.

Cerino, 47, is a retired 23-year law enforcement veteran. He and his wife Michelle, also 47 and a former school teacher, run the Chris Cerino Training Group in Wadsworth, which participates in a training protocol called FASTER.

The acronym stands for Faculty/Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response. The three-day course was designed by the Greenville-based Buckeye Firearms Association, which describes itself as an organization “dedicated to defending and advancing the right of citizens to own and use firearms for all legal activities, including self-defense, hunting, competition, and recreation.”

The association created FASTER in 2013, in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children between 6 and 7 years old, as well as six adult staff members, were killed Dec. 14, 2012.

“When an active killer targets a school, the standard protocol is to wait for law enforcement to arrive on the scene to stop the violence,” the association said in a Jan. 11 press release on the FASTER website.

Firearms experts such as the Cerinos prepare teachers and staff to instead act immediately by safely relocating students, responding to medical emergencies, and using deadly force against the shooter.

The association says that “concerned parents, law enforcement, and nationally recognized safety and medical experts” were involved in crafting FASTER.

Training details

The Cerinos conduct their training at ranges in Seville and Rittman and have educated about 200 school personnel in the past three years.

This summer’s courses will be held June 21-23 and June 25-27. About 24 trainees are typically signed up for each course.

The first day of training includes a “mindset” and a concealed-carry tactics tutorial. The “mindset” portion includes education on “being responsible for your own and others’ physical safety, as well as the ability to use deadly force,” per Cerino.

On day two, participants learn tactics for dealing with armed encounters, he said. This includes self-defense and combat-casualty care, otherwise known as tactical medicine.

Buckeye Firearms spokesman Joe Eaton said some school personnel are only comfortable completing the portions of the course that deal with medical response and safe transport of students.

“We have some individuals who, on the first day, decide they cannot use deadly force and can only complete the medical portion,” he told the Gazette Jan. 12. “And that’s fine.”

The third training day includes communicating essential information to law enforcement arriving at the scene of a shooting, as well as a test. The three-day curriculum ends in testing that exceeds the requirements of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.

Cerino said peace officers in Ohio must score 80 percent in the shooting portion of the test, while FASTER students must hit 90 percent of assigned targets. They have two opportunities to pass the test.

~ Tom


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