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Springfield police officers train for worst case scenarios

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A consulting firm is working with the Springfield police officers stationed in city schools to help them prepare for the worst.

Officers are being trained to locate an active shooter in a school and treat victims.

There have been 14 active shooters that entered schools in 2013. Springfield QUEBEC officers that are stationed in schools are learning tactics to prepare for a situation like that and making sure they can take care of wounded teachers and students.

The Springfield resource officers located in area schools need to know what it sounds like when shots are fired inside a school building and how to react and prepare for the worst.

"Well these officers are going to be in the schools, so if it happens, they're responding, they're not waiting for backup, going right to where shooter takes place," said Capt. Eugene Dexheimer with the Springfield Police Department.

STS Consulting is making training as realistic as possible for the 18 officers, showing them maneuvers when inside the building.

"The best is just training, the more training you do, it becomes second nature, go down this hallway, the better they can deal with when it becomes real," said Officer Greg McCain with the Springfield Police Department. 

Officers are also trained to help treat victims.

"They're stuck in a hallway and the ambulance can't get to them, they can self-treat for injures," McCain said. 

"If you go into an active shooter situation, you're probably going to see people down, maybe even our own people down, so we have to learn quickly and efficiently how to treat our victims," Dexheimer said. 

Because of recent events, resource officers will now carry tools to help aid victims until more help arrives.

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