» Area Law Enforcement Gather in Paullina For Active Shooter Training

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» Area Law Enforcement Gather in Paullina For Active Shooter Training

Paullina, IA (KICD)– Law enforcement and emergency rescue personnel from around the region gathered in Paullina Wednesday afternoon for a series of training exercises revolving around active shoot scenarios.

While it may have looked like an active scene from outside South O’Brien High School, the situations posed were nothing more than a series of interactive drills to prepare everyone from the High Risk Entry and Arrest Team to local EMS personnel should an actual event take place in the area.

HEAT member and Estherville Police Chief Brent Shatto says the training was unfortunately modeled to some degree after the recent tragedies around the nation.

Chief Shatto says situations like this are the best way to prepare emergency responders with hopes that the trainings will never actually have to be used.

So what do department and unit leaders expect participants to take away from this type of scenario?

Shatto adds that it is also important for the the public to know what do in the event of an active shooter situation which was also covered a safety briefing.

The Heat Unit was first founded in 1998 and has been operational every since and is now available to nearly 30 agencies around Northwest Iowa and Southwest Minnesota including Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, O’Brien and Osceola Counties which were all represented in the training.