(Beaver Dam) Police, fire, and EMS from Beaver Dam participated in active shooter training at Prairie View Elementary school in Beaver Dam Tuesday. Police Chief John Kreuziger says the training is an important collaborative effort. He says it gives the police department a chance to enhance their response and coordination with the fire department, in addition to the ability to work on command and control efforts during an active shooter incident.
The scenarios began with a call for assistance and officials being dispatched to the scene. Kreuziger says each responder has certain duties they must undertake. The duties include initial entry into the premises, escorting fire and rescue personnel, staging a command center, and – as necessary – directly engaging an active shooter. The chief says it is also important for school personnel to play a part in the training. He says they work with members of the school staff who volunteer to be victims during the training scenarios which, in turn, trains and informs school staff and administrators on what to expect and how to react when first responders arrive on scene.
In 2018 the United States had 24 school shooting incidents with injuries or deaths recorded, of which 35 people were killed with another 79 people injured. As of July 25th, of this year there have been 14 such incidents with two fatalities and 21 injured.
Watch video of the training exercise here: