Nearly 60 law enforcement officers undergo active shooter management training at Decatur

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DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) – About 60 first responders have gone through extensive emergency training.

When Lt. Mike Leonard of Decatur Fire and Rescue took an active shooter management course in 2019, he knew more first responders in the area should take the training.

“This course focuses more on the command and control aspect, which is something we struggle with because we don’t deal with that much,” Leonard said.

Kevin Burd, director of training for C3 Pathways, says this training can help prepare law enforcement for almost any scenario.

“It’s practical, based on tactics. This is similar to the overall incident management process. We involve all law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, emergency managers, dispatchers and PIOs. For three days, we give them 11 scenarios that they have to deal with,” Burd said.

The training scenario the WAFF entered was a courthouse shooting and a hostage incident.

“An active shooter incident is going to be very chaotic. This class does a good job of helping to give a blueprint and a foundation, so through this process we have something to look for and achieve an effective outcome,” Leonard said.

About 15 agencies with a total of 60 law enforcement officers participated in the training. It costs $500 per seat per person per day, but the training you see here was free.

“Homeland Security is doing a great job funding this training. I applied to C3 Pathways. It took about 2.5 years and I got a phone call in April, and they had a date that worked for us,” Leonard said.

Fortunately, active shooting scenes don’t happen every day, but officers can still apply this on a day-to-day basis.

“This even applies to large care wrecks, even when you have large car wrecks. When you have media coming in, families wanting to check people out,” Leonard said.

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