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First responders learn new ways to handle mass shootings

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -

"It's definitely a high stress situation, everything was serious," said Tai Rondeau.

These first responders are participating in a mass casualty drill.

"We've seen even unfortunately in our state, the Sikh Temple, the Sheraton in Brookfield, and the Azana Spa in Brookfield," said Tactical EMS Instructor, Chad Stiles.

The drill teaches people on the front lines, skill they need to survive and save lives, in an active shooter situation.

"We need people to be able to think on their feet and be able to provide emergency first aid skills in this high threat environment," said Stiles.

Organizers here said this simulation is realistic and the tactics they learn here have already saved lives.

"The patrol officers that were first on scene actually had made a difference using some of the techniques to save and treat some of the victims in the spa shooting," said Stiles.

They said that's why they're taking part.

"If they can get that medical need right away, they have a better chance of living," said Rondeau.

The simulation is part of a 40-hour training program, funded by more than $100,000 in state grants.

Organizers said this is one of six simulations that will be offered in Wisconsin.

"If this ever happens in a community around us, I can take care of the citizens as well as my fellow officers and firefighters that might get injured," said Rondeau.

A program that these first responders said is invaluable.

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