Health Care professionals from Regions 8/9 of WV participated in a 4 hr. B.E.C.O.N. training seminar through the WV Hospitals Association Regional Training Coordinator, Dianna Reel in Petersburg, WV  Region 8/9 of WV represent Health Care Professionals/facilities from Valley Health, WVU Healthcare, Berkeley Medical Center, Martinsburg VA Center, Grant Memorial, Hampshire Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Potomac Valley and Morgan Co. War Memorial throughout the counties of Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Mineral, Hampshire, Grant, Hardy and Pendleton Counties.  Our Health Care Professionals make sacrifices daily to ensure the well-being and safety of our WV patrons.  The amount of education, training and personal fortitude needed to address the countless medical needs of our citizens daily is in and by itself a daunting task. “It takes a high level of dedication and commitment to be a Health Care Professional and wanting to improve and polish their commitment to Emergency Preparedness speaks volumes to their desire to serve the interests of West Virginia citizens, it was a privilege to have been chosen to provide their training needs and my hat goes off to them.”- Nathan Harmon. There is no replacement for “Reality Based Training” when it comes to preparing and training for such an emergency like an Active Shooter Event (ASE).  You wouldn’t go swimming for the first time, and put your life on the line, because you watched a video on “How to Swim”.  You wouldn’t drive a car for the first time, and put your life in harms way, without first getting driving lessons.  As human beings, most of us are kinesthetic learners, or tactile learners in which learning takes place by the participants carrying out physical activities, rather than listening to a lecture or watching demonstrations. B.E.C.O.N. not only gives the participant an understanding, but a visualization to the participants of the mechanical operation or function of the action required to address the situation.  Simply put, each participant is exposed to “hands-on” training within the B.E.C.O.N. program that instills confidence to make proactive decisions and save lives.  Thanks again to all our Health Care Professionals for your commitment and dedication in taking care of our WV citizens.