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Amherst Chamber, BBB host active shooter training program for employers

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York are hosting a program to show companies how to keep their workers safe in the case of an active shooter or a similar threat in their building.

The session is the first time the chamber has helped to sponsor an active shooter preparedness course for employers. Twenty-three companies are signed up for the session, which starts at 8 a.m. Thursday at Dopkins & Company, 200 International Drive, Amherst.

The bureau approached the chamber about putting on the session. The chamber agreed to do so after bringing the idea to some of its member businesses, said Colleen DiPirro, the chamber's president and CEO.

"Many had stories of armed employees and threats they had received and they welcomed the opportunity to learn more on how to protect themselves and their staff," DiPirro said.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Amherst Police Department are serving as instructors.

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