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EVERY SECOND COUNTS: Training to cope with tragedy

Local first responders are making sure they're ready to respond as active shooter situations continue to happen, should it happen closer to home. (Photo Credit: Jasmyn Durham)

SHAWASSEE COUNTY, Mich. --Local first responders are making sure they're ready to respond as active shooter situations continue to happen, should it happen closer to home.

Shots fired, students down and police responding to the scene with weapons.

While this was just a drill for emergency responders in Shiawassee County, more and more of these drills have become reality.

"It's really sad but, I think the best way for us to deal with these types of tragedies is to prepare our first responders."

Christian Valade was one of more than a dozen students who gave up his Saturday afternoon to help first responders put their skills to the test.

Saturday’s training brought together more than 25 Shiawassee County emergency agencies including police, fire and ems.

Owosso Public Safety Director Kevin Lenkart says strong communication is key.

“We're working on active shooter incidents involving the police where they're engaging the assailant which were doing today we also have about 40 different actors that have been given makeup to look like very real life like gunshot wounds so our ems and fire are working on evacuation plans and critical care of those patients.”

Every second counts when emergency responders are dealing with an active shooter situation.

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