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First responders get training to deal with mass shootings.

Posted March 9, 2015

— About 300 first responders got a better idea Monday of how to respond to the threat of a gunman in a school or other public place.

Police officers, firefighters and others attended a seminar in Fayetteville by Mike Clumpner, chief executive of Threat Suppression Inc., who has presented similar talks to more than 40,000 first responders around the world.

"It's good to have everyone here so we're all on the same page, using common terminology we all understand, (about) what these perpetrators are doing, the kind of tactics they're doing," Clumpner said. "Then, this afternoon, we talk about an integrated response plan that involves all of them."

Although it's impossible to predict when and where a mass shooting might occur, training can help teach first responders how to protect the public and themselves, Fayetteville Fire Chief Ben Majors said.

"We're protecting our responders, whether it;s police, fire, EMS," Majors said. "We've got to be concerned about our safety as well as getting in and doing something for those involved, the victims."


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