Active drill

A volunteer victim is carried from the scene during a training drill for Rutherford County emergency responders. SUBMITTED

Preventing an active shooter from killing people and saving lives was the goal of Rutherford County emergency responders who completed an Active Threat Integrated Response Course.

More than 740 law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics working in Rutherford County were trained based on the rescue task force approach, said Sheriff’s training Lt. Chris Kauffman, who coordinated the course. The unified training is unprecedented because all agencies are participating and learning together.

The class consists of eight hours in the classroom and eight hours of practical experience.

In past response to active shooters, law enforcement officers searched for the shooter while firefighters and paramedics staged outside until the scene was safe.

With the rescue task force concept, law enforcement officers apply tourniquets to stop the bleeding.

Participating agencies were: Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Murfreesboro Police Department, Smyrna Police Department, La Vergne Police Department, MTSU Police Department, Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department, Rutherford County Fire Rescue Department, Smyrna Fire Department, La Vergne Fire Department, Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services paramedics and Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency coordinators.

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