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New Active Shooter Training Gets Treatment to Victims Sooner

"I think every time an event happens like that we just kind of start to check ourselves as a department you know go, what are our holes?"
"I think every time an event happens like that we just kind of start to check ourselves as a department you know go, what are our holes?" Capt. Dennis Thurman with Rogers Fire Department said.

In an active shooter situation it can potentially take police hours to secure a scene, leaving victims like this one waiting for medical care. Which is why local law enforcement is adding a new training tactic.

"It's a new concept that we're really trying to push in our area. It allows us an opportunity to put some EMS folks, paramedics, EMT's early on a scene, like an active shooter, school shooting, church shooting things like that," Capt. Thurman said.

The sooner on scene for emergency responders, could translate to fewer lives lost.

"What may have been just a moderate bleed or say, or gun shot wound essentially becomes a fatal injury just solely to nothing more than the time frame to get to that person, offer them that definitive care that they need," he said.

Rogers and Bentonville are the only two cities with the training in the region.

"Now we have the opportunity to train where we can go with the SWAT teams or the tactical teams with some protection and make those patient contacts much earlier and increase those chances of survivability here in our city."

These emergency crews would typically work separately, but now, they've added a valuable skill, when seconds count.

"We're just trying not to have to manage the scene, we're trying to pro actively participate in that scene now and really try to save some lives."



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