Atlanta’s ‘Nightlife Division’ Hosts Safety Training Seminar for Club Owners
ATLANTE – Just hours after a shooting outside an Atlanta nightclub on Saturday, the city launched a new safety training program to help prevent gun violence in bars and nightclubs.
“Today is practice day,” Mayor Andre Dickens said at the first such event on Saturday. “We want to hear from the operators of lounges, clubs, bars, restaurants, but also to make sure that we put standards in place that we will operate safely.”
The latest bar shooting took place hours earlier, early Saturday morning in Buckhead, outside a string of bars on Peachtree Road.
Police say a woman who was shot was an innocent bystander who was walking down the street, caught the gunshot which resulted from an argument. Doctors expect her to survive, authorities confirmed.
It is not known if the police arrested anyone.
“Nightlife is so vital and important to Atlanta’s economy and the things people enjoy doing when they visit the city as well as those who live here in Atlanta, so we want to make sure we get it right” , Dickens told FOX 5.
At the training days, which the city plans to hold quarterly, some of the topics covered by the instructors included active shooter response and de-escalation tactics, as well as CPR and first aid.
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“It’s something that’s been overstating the city for a long time,” said Phillana Williams, who works with the mayor’s office of film and entertainment. “Nightlife has long been a part of this city.”
The mayor says managers from some of the fifteen facilities that have distinct issues with gun violence were there.
“Everyone needs to know what the safety protocols are,” Dickens said. “How do they miss firing individuals, how do they keep people from overindulging in booze and just being thoughtful, from waiter to bartender to bouncer.”