Emergency Services Group International led the training sessions, using combat medicine methods used by the military, adapted for civilian use.
ESGI Senior Partner Dr. E. Reed Smith said most mass shooting events take place in smaller-to-medium-sized communities like Bentonville. He praised Bentonville leaders for preparing for the worst.
"What you see most of the times is these events occur and then changes are made," Smith said. "I give kudos to the Bentonville Fire Department and the Bentonville Police Department for being proactive about saying 'Yes, we have a risk, we know this is real, we want to have a solution and a way to address this risk before it happens."
Smith said coordinating emergency response and training teachers and others how to respond and assist people injured in shootings can increase their survival rate.
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