Jun 27, 2013 6:29 PM by Jessica Holley - firstname.lastname@example.org
ALICE - Law enforcement officials in Alice took part in a special hands on type of training, teaching them how to respond to a shooting on a school campus.
And rather than wait for SWAT, they're being trained to respond immediately to reduce the number of casualties.
Gunfire echoed through the halls of Debose Middle School as scenarios involving a gunman played out.
"What we are teaching is that in a situation where people are being actively killed or injured we want to send in those first responders and have them move to the sound of gunfire," say ALERRT Adjunct Instructor Keven Nichols.
By changing the first responders' strategy it helps to save more lives.
In these scenarios instructors of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, short for ALERRT, simulate gunfire using non-lethal training ammunition. Providing both the sound and visual effects.
"The idea is to put them in as stressful as realistic of an environment as we possibly to train them how to survive through that," says Nichols.
Alice ISD security took part in the training alongside police officers and sheriff's deputies. They would be the true first responders for a shooting in Alice schools.
Thursday's drills taught these security officers the importance of communication during high stress events like shootings
"We've never been through a training like this in our security department, but it's going to be really helpful," says Sargent of Alice ISD Security.
This Texas based program is now taught nationwide.
Last week it was set by Vice President Joe Biden as standard response to an active shooting.
This training is currently only offered to those in law enforcement. A curriculum is being developed for training civilians.