Active shooter training meant to teach teamwork

By: Sarah Moon
By: Sarah Moon

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- It’s referred to as the “worst day” of an emergency responder’s career.

On Monday, active shooter training was held on the UW-L campus for police, fire, EMS and dispatch.

It’s a partnership between UW-L and Western Technical College.

Muddy Boots Tactical owner Mike Kilian, who led the training, said active shooter situations don’t happen on a regular basis.

However, he said you need to be ready.

“We’re training these folks for the worst day of their career if something horrible does happen. They have something in the tool box to go to and actually train with,” said Kilian.

Kilian said having all public safety entities train together helps to get the best results,

Those going through the training said active shooter scenarios are important, because there are a lot of variables law enforcement can’t control.

“However, we can control our training and response to those incidents and prepare ourselves in the best ability we possibly can,” said Sgt. Kyle Teynor, Prairie du Chien Police Dept.

“It’s a current problem across our country that’s extremely important to be prepared for,” said Brodhead Police Dept. 911 Dispatcher Erin Menzl.

Those leading the training said it’s important for departments to work together during all types of calls, not just active shooter situations.”

“We want to teach those folks how to follow through with everything that goes on, and then bring your resources in to assist you with victims. It’s stuff that’s never really looked upon by the public or by law enforcement,” said Kilian.

“I hope they take away a sense of teamwork, and a sense of better communication between the services and a better idea of what the other public safety entities are doing while they’re doing their job,” said Western Technical College Law Enforcement Coordinator Kellie McElroy.

Training continues Tuesday.

Neither Western Technical College nor UW-L have had an active shooter on campus.

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