Law enforcement training involves mass casualty simulation

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PEWAUKEE -- Mass casualty training continued Sunday, July 22nd in Waukesha County. Dozens of law enforcement officials from across the state took part in the training. This, just two days after a mass shooting incident in Aurora, Colorado. A 24-year-old man is accused of opening fire during the midnight showing of the Dark Knight Rises, killing 12 and injuring over 50.

20 first responders, including police, firefighters and EMTs participated in four-day, 40-hour training. The training was planned long before Friday's shooting, but the timing marked a renewed focus on why such training is critical.

Sunday, officials were called to a simulation involving a home with an active shooter. Their job was to stop the gun threat, then tend to those injured.

The drill called for simulated injuries and realistic victim responses -- some screaming and others unconscious. Dozens of volunteers played the role of victims, some former WCTC students.

The drill gave officers a chance to use life-saving skills when it comes to simulated gunshot wounds.

The skills are learned as part of a four-day class that included listening to and analyzing the 911 response of Aurora law enforcement during Friday's shooting.

"Because the Colorado department did an awesome job of getting in there and doing what they need to do at that scene, we're trying to use them as a positive example of what emergency response should be," Waukesha County Technical College instructor Chad Stiles said.

The classes were funded in part by the Wisconsin Hospital Emergency Preparedness grant.

The next training session will be held next month.

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