The campus of Midstate Technical College appears quiet and peaceful on this Sunday afternoon when suddenly the calm is broken by the sounds of a simulated chaos.
This was a day in which police officers and EMS personnel could train for the unthinkable. While first responders are trained frequently about how to handle these situations, today was an opportunity for them to put the skills they have learned into a real world scenario.
"We are teaching the police officers how to take care of themselves and their partners if they get injured. It is also to be able to treat the public in mass casualty situations where people need to be rapidly treated and extricated out to the various hospital facilities around the state." said event organizer Chad Stiles.
The training involved three separate scenarios including a shooting at a church, a school, as well as a bomb situation. Even the Aspirus medical helicopter was on hand to aid in the training process.
The program was put on by the Waukesha County Technical College, which has a class teaching first responders how to act in mass casualty situations. They are taking training around the state to reach many different police and fire departments. Since Waukesha County Technical College is located just one town over from the site of two recent mass shootings, today's training hits home for many of its leadership staff.
"Me and my partner co-instructor were actually at the Azana Spa shooting. So, for us those kind of events have happened in our back door. We are trying to bring forth the knowledge we have learned in these events." Stiles said.
As jarring as it may be to see these scenes play out, we can be thankful that todays guns were made of plastic, the blood was nothing more than red tape, and that the screams for help were made by actors. However today's training does prove that if the unimaginable was ever to happen in Central Wisconsin, those we trust most to uphold the peace would be able to restore it as soon as possible.
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