Officials prepare for new school year with active shooter training


When a shooter comes into a school, every second counts.

The Alachua County Sheriff’s office, Alachua Fire Rescue, and High Springs Police are training together in Santa Fe High School, to keep your children safe with active shooter training.

“It’s still a very high stress situation,” says David Torsell, from Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

Volunteers play the victims, lying on the floor, with pieces of blue tape around their body, representing a gunshot wound.

“If this were to occur in our county or any of the surrounding areas it’s critical that we have some grasp on what should be done,” says Torsell.

Working in teams, the officers go through each room searching for the shooter while treating the wounded.

“If I were to describe this simulation in one word, I would call it ‘total,’ because it is responding to the threat, neutralizing the threat and then taking care of every casualty that’s there,” says Sgt. Brett Rhodenizer, from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

Local agencies have been doing this type of training for years, and hope they never have to use it.

“You train for the worst and hope for the best, so that’s what we are trying to do, we are trying to be one step ahead of it, and gosh forbit if it ever happens we are prepares to react in a positive way,” says Paul Hindson, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office training bureau commander.

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