Farmville first responders hold church safety workshop

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PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Tuesday evening, an Eastern Carolina police department held a special meeting with church leaders and concerned citizens to review safety and security protocols in the case of an emergency.

Nearly 50 people were in attendance at the Farmville United Methodist Church for the meeting held by the Farmville's police, fire and EMS departments.

During the meeting, the public was given step by step directions on how to prepare for and properly react to a number of situations including active shooters, severe weather, and fires.

"It was so informative that I think that our response to it has been sharpened," said Aaron McNair, a local Pastor in Farmville. "I think some things that we thought were the right way to respond we learned today was not the right way. So tonight we have been redirected to prevent more fatalities in the case of a violent situation."

Monday, two other local police departments held similar meetings. Both the Winterville and New Bern police departments also held safety talks focusing on emergency preparedness that was open to the public.

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An Eastern Carolina police department will be meeting with church leaders to review safety and security protocols.

Farmville police say they've been contacted by a number of church leaders in the area regarding safety concerns in lieu of the recent mass shootings across the country, including the tragic shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas late last year.

The Farmville Fire Department, EMS and police will meet with church leaders to discuss safety plans, focusing on ways they can prepare and react in emergency situations.

The meeting will run from 6 pm-8 pm at the Farmville United Methodist Church.