West Hartford officers undergo active shooter training

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–At Hartford Hospital, emergency crews got some training today in skills they hope to never use in the real world. It was a drill, on how to respond most effectively in an active shooter situation.

“This is where the rubber meets the road, it’s good for them to take the classroom and bring it here,” said West Hartford officer Brian Wallace. “This is where they gain the most experience dealing with that kind of stuff.”

This drill is put on by the Center for Education, Stimulation and Innovation at Hartford Hospital. It teaches emergency workers how to stabilize a patient with a tourniquet in the field, buying critical minutes and perhaps saving lives.

“By the time these folks would hit the emergency room and receive more definitive care, they can be stabilized in the field, when they’re first encountered by police,” said Dr. Thomas Nowicki of Hartford Hospital.

Since the Sandy Hook tragedy, 175 officers from more than sixty state agencies have gone through a mass causality drill like this at Hartford Hospital.

And, thanks to a $143,000 state grant, even more officers will go through the training.

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