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Valley first responders train for active shooter situation

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FOX 10 Phoenix

Valley first responders train for active shooter situation

By Bailey Miller

PHOENIX - First responders on Wednesday trained as if there were a real active shooter inside a Valley church. They weren't practicing their response times as police officers or fire crews — they were acting as civilians, trying to run, hide, or fight. They say this will help them better teach the community how to respond.

The loud horn is going off over and over again. It signifies gunshots, and that's why people are running and even hiding inside a cubby to get to safety.

A man is acting as the shooter, holding a fake machine gun. He's running around the hallways of the Christ Church of the Valley, looking for his next victim.

"This is a full-body training where they take the students [and] they show them how to lock it down," said Sarah Gasper, officer with the Arizona Counterterrorism Information Center. "They show what it feels like with the running and how quickly you can run and where you can hide."

Read more: https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/valley-first-responders-train-for-active-shooter-situation-1