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1st responders collaborate on active violence training

By Julie Fiedler | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | July 01, 2014

It all started with a bang.

With reports of an explosion, a three-person response team rushed to the scene of a school and breached a door in order to assess the situation, stop the threat and get medical assistance to victims in need.

The explosion signaled the start of an active shooter scenario as personnel with the Kansas State University Police Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol and Riley County Emergency Medical Services participated in active violence training June 12 at Victory Village, Fort Riley’s Combined Arms Collective Training Facility.

Officers from various agencies responded to several different scenarios in a variety of settings June 10 and 12 as part of K-State’s annual active violence training.

“Each year we try to do a little bit different in terms of active violence and active shooter training because each scenario is different in the real world,” said Capt. Don Stubbings, K-State Police Department.

Citing real-world examples, such as the Boston Marathon bombings and nationwide school shooting incidents, the scenarios incorporated elements such as explosions and active shooters.

“A lot of times there’s a combination of different types of violence,” Stubbings said. “We want to make sure that our officers are exposed to those situations so they can respond appropriately.”

In a real-world scenario, personnel from different agencies would also likely respond, so the training focused on communication.

“There’s a lot of officers coming on scene ... The challenge is – how do we communicate? How do we collaborate?” Stubbings said. “How do they stop the threat and get service to those victims?”

Training scenarios were staged in several buildings including a hotel, a farmhouse and a school.

Many buildings at Victory Village are wired for sound and video, so observers were able to watch in real time at the Range Operations Center. Additionally, participants were given video copies of their training to take with them, which helps them continue learning from the training even after they’ve left the facility.

Stubbings said Victory Village provided an ideal setting to conduct the training.

“The technology available here at Victory Village is second to none. It allows us to have a real-time experience for those officers. They’re experiencing things in those buildings that you see in the real world,” he said. “When you can make the training as real as possible using the best facilities as possible, you’re going to get the best response you have … So they’re getting some of the best training they can get for these situations.”

The training also incorporated a mobile command vehicle, an EMS tactical team and combat aid instruction.

The opportunity to train at Fort Riley came out of a partnership between the Directorate of Emergency Services, K-State and other local emergency responders.

Stubbings said the organic partnership between the entities has been extremely valuable.

“The training’s going excellent. The collaboration is incredible. The service here at Fort Riley and the support we’ve had is second to none. The people here at the CACTF and the Victory Village – they’ve opened their doors to us and have been incredible,” he said. “When you put that team approach and those collaborations, great things happen. And that’s what’s happened here.”

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