FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- First responders from across the area are now better prepared to handle emergency situations like an active shooter after a two-day training course.
The group of officers and EMS personnel too part in the Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Course at the Public Safety Academy.
The first responders were put through a mass shooting scenario, in which they had to care for victims suffering from multiple injuries.
They also worked with a life-like dummy to stop its wounds from bleeding, bandage him up and get him to the hospital as quickly as possible.
With several recent mass shootings in the United States and across the world, this training is important now more than ever.
"Prior to these types of programs, the first responders, firefighters and EMS would often wait until the scene was completely secured by law enforcement, and we know that we don't have that time any longer so we need to partner with our law enforcement counterparts and be able to enter atmospheres and areas that we wouldn't ordinarily have been able to go before and get that treatment to the patient and get it there quicker," FWFD Chief of EMS Mike Brown said.
The trainees came from Wells County, Huntertown, the Fort Wayne Airport, Indiana Department of Homeland Security and more.