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Lee Co. fire and EMS practice active fire drill

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – In the event of a potential school shooting, Lee County Fire and Emergency Medical Services are preparing to keep children safe.

Officials brought in experts to teach Lee County first responders how to respond to an active shooter and save lives.

“They determined, through multiple case studies across the state and across the country, that more injuries could be stopped with basic life support,” said training captain Brandon Brown. for lee County Fire-EMS.

The training started in the classroom then moved to Kinchafoonee Elementary School for an exercise.(WALB)

Brown wanted to be proactive, not reactive.

“(I) teach them to move around schools, to search class by class, to ensure that no area is left unattended, to find patients and to be able to provide life-saving assistance immediately” , Brown said.

Brown said this training is unique because it involves emergency medical services, fire and police officers working together during filming.

“Normally paramedics and firefighters cannot operate in the hot zone. This hot zone is an area where the shooter is not present, but he can still exit there.

“That kind of environment that we don’t typically operate in,” Brown said.

Phillip Jackson, president and CEO of NATEC, said he has been a first responder for more than 30 years, including time on the SWAT team.

“I’ve been in active fire situations and what we try to prepare them to do is react appropriately, have the right mindset and the right skills to take care of critically ill patients. hurt,” Jackson said.

Wednesday’s training was specifically about school shootings. The fire department plans to do monthly drills covering other targets for shooting such as outdoor sporting events.

“What we want them to do is start here. It is a building block process. We’re going to compound that with more stress, more critical patients,” Jackson said.

Phillip Jackson, who was teaching the course, is part of the SWAT team
Phillip Jackson, who was teaching the course, is part of the SWAT team(WALB)

He added that physical fitness is key in active fire scenarios to ensure first responders respond appropriately.

“You will have to be able to stay in the fight. It will take endurance. That’s why when we train, we train with a purpose. Anyone can do it, but we have to do it in a timely manner. Time is life, this is where we need to be,” Jackson said.

On June 28 and 30, Lee County Fire and EMS plan to create a live-fire scenario involving multiple agencies.

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