SAVANNAH, GA (October 23, 2019) Today ended a three-day course where Savannah Police, Savannah Fire, Chatham EMS and law enforcement from surrounding agencies learned how to work together in an active shooter event.

The Active Threat Integrated Response Course, facilitated by the LSU- National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter Terrorist Education (LSU-NCBRT/ACE), was designed to improve integration between law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS) in active shooter events.

“Nationwide, what we know is that police have become pretty good at responding to active shooter events,” said Lead Course Instructor Roy Bethge. “What the data tells us is one of the opportunities we have to save more lives and treat patients is by providing some level of medical care at an earlier point in these events.”

Course instructors taught first responders how to mitigate the loss of life by creating a rescue task force, which is a combined unit between police, fire and EMS. They also taught first responders how to render aid with key medical skills based on tactical emergency casualty care.

The first two days of training consisted of classroom-based lessons, but the final day gave participants more hands-on experience. Scenarios, equipped with artificial weapons, crime scene tape, medical supplies and victims outfitted with prosthetic wounds, were used to simulate real active shooter incidents and increased in complexity throughout the day.

“As law enforcement, our first goal is to stop the threat, and our second goal is to save lives,” said Cpl. John E. Smith of SPD, who participated in the course. “This is one of the best trainings we could go through to give us the needed skills if we ever face an unfortunate incident such as an active shooter scenario.”

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