First responders train for active shooting situations

The shooting near West University last week is prompting more first responders to train for similar situations.

The active shooter scene that played out near West University last week is prompting more first responders to look at solutions for how they can be better trained. Memorial Hermann Life Flight is offering training to local agencies.

Every move and every turn in this training matters, because these first responders know it could happen to them.

Captain Mason Mills with the Stafford Fire Department remembers the moment they got the green light.

"After the San Bernardino shooting last fall, our mayor said do what you need to do," Mills said.

They're getting the equipment, but what about training?

"Life Flight has always been involved in trauma education," said George Tarver, Clinical Educator and Senior Flight Medic for Memorial Hermann Life Flight. "In the past ems and fire were staged off site until law enforcement could go in and clear the scene."

However, what they found is it took too long for patients to get medical care.

"We are training them to go in with maybe one or two police officers after the contact team has moved through," Tarver said.

"Doesn't it put your life more at risk?" White asked. 

"Yes, but we go into burning buildings," Mills said.

The goal is to treat patients faster in an environment where things can constantly change.

"I hope it's a matter of if, at least in our local community, but the trend is it's going to be a matter of when," Mills said.

So far, six agencies have gone through the training. That's around 200 students. It's a 16-hour course, spread over two days. It includes classroom instruction and hands-on experience.

(© 2016 KHOU)


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