WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — What’s the drill when the unthinkable happens in our schools? Local first responders are receiving simulated training in downtown Wilkes-Barre.
From Columbine and Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook and Marjory Stoneman Douglas, communities across the nation are preparing more and more for the worst case scenario – an active school shooter.
Chief Christopher Jagoe is the Wilkes University director of public safety. He’s helping run the active attack integrated response training on campus.
“What you’ll see in the training is the initial officers that are going in to neutralize the threat shortly followed by additional supporting officers to secure areas and finally our friends with the fire department and EMTs to go in and begin treatment of possible victims,” Jagoe said.
The training is part of a 16-hour course aimed at arming first responders with the knowledge, tactics and experience to aid victims and increase survival rates in a real-world scenario.
Jay Delaney is the fire chief and emergency management coordinator for the city of Wilkes-Barre. His crew is participating in the training with hopes this is the closest they’ll get to the real deal. However, they will be ready if they’re ever called on for a parent’s worst nightmare.
“Well there’s two trains of thought here – should you just wait until something happens or should you be proactive, get educated and be able to respond appropriately? You’ll see an integrated response with all of the emergency responders with the same goal of saving lives,” Delaney said.
This training comes on the heels of a 40-hour train-the-trainer course. First responders and participants from Pittston to Hanover Township are coming away with vital information they hope they’ll never have to use again.
Chief Jagoe says the university police work closely with the school behavioral assessment team, city authorities and the FBI to share intelligence. Together, they monitor potential threats and avoid ever having to face that live, active shooter.
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