- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Juneau firefighters and police officers will be training how to rescue and treat victims during an active shooter situation.

The training will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, KTOO Public Media of Juneau reported .

Joe Mishler, emergency medical services training officer in Juneau, said they had similar training about three years ago. But he said the firefighters’ new training will have to do with entering the scene earlier.

“We’re basically doing more and more of training of this nature,” Mishler said. “As things are changing and the world we live in, we’re basically trying to work together closer with our police department.”

Mishler said the firefighters will train to go into the scene with law enforcement, rather than staging for a long period of time.

“We used to stage for a long period of time until everything was all done and over with. People bled to death during that time,” Mishler said. “Now the idea is for us to go in with law enforcement and they’re basically our security, our protection while we go in and out. They stay with us. We stay with them. That’s what we’re practicing is to move with them as a team.”

Mishler said the training will be conducted by representatives from Alaska State Troopers. He said a total of 36 career and volunteer firefighters have signed up. It’s unclear how many police officers will participate.


Information from: KTOO-FM, http://www.ktoo.org

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