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Active shooter training held at Muscatine High School

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An active shooter training is held at an eastern Iowa high school.  Police, fire crews, and sheriff's deputies were all on hand at Muscatine High School Tuesday for the training session.

It was coordinated by Captain Steve Snyder from Muscatine PD and Captain Gary Ronzheimer from the Muscatine Fire Department.  The training included a new procedure that has officers, firemen, and EMS all work together to form a Rescue Task Force (RTF).

“We learned from tragedies such as Columbine that the quicker we can get paramedics to the injured, the better their chances for survival,” Ronzheimer said. “In the past the firemen/EMS had to wait until the building was secure before moving in to treat the injured. Many bled to death because of the delay.”

“It is important that the police officers stay one in front and one behind the rescue personnel,” Snyder told the trainees during a break before Phase One and Phase Two. “They are the cover which allows the paramedics into an active situation.”

“This new concept is designed to get medical treatment to victims of an active shooter more rapidly than our traditional method,” Ronzheimer said. “We also worked with surrounding first responder agencies because they would likely assist us or vice versa if that would happen.”

“This is something that we have to train for but hope we never have to utilize,” Ronzheimer said. “It was good experience working in coordination with the police and learning how we can better handle these types of situations.”

Students, faculty, and staff volunteered to be the "victims" and were rewarded with pizza donated by Salvatore’s Italian Ristorante.

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