FLINT TWP. — Police and fire crews practiced emergency procedures in full-staff trainings held recently.
Police Chief George Sippert reported that the police department conducted two days of active shooter training Aug. 6-7 at Carman-Ainsworth High School.
Fire Chief John Ringwelski said his entire staff -both full-time and on-call firefighters – participated in extrication training last weekend.
Active shooter training helps police officers and school personnel practice safety procedures in an emergency situation such as a threatening intruder or gunman entering the building while classes are in session. Active shooter training has been held previously at the high school, middle and elementary schools and is viewed as an increasingly important precaution in the wake of several deadly school shootings on a national scale.
The recent training took place over two nights with half the police staff attending the first session and the rest attending the second night.
It was an opportunity to use the new Simunitions equipment recently approved for purchase with a Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), Sippert said.
Simunitions training utilizes protective equipment to be worn during interactive force-on-force scenarios using blank ammunition.
The school allocated two hallways and classrooms for the training, Sippert said.
“We ran a lot of different scenarios and it was very realistic.”
In their training session, firefighters got a chance for hands-on practice of tactics used to tear into a vehicle to rescue trapped passengers.
Passersby might have seen the vehicles in the parking lot of the main fire station where the training took place, Ringwelski said,
Seven vehicles – the most ever – were brought in for the firefighters to work on.
“We tear the vehicles apart,” Ringwelski said, adding that extrication training is conducted annually.
He publicly thanked Double K & S Towing for bringing out the practice vehicles and removing them after the extrication practice ended.
‘”It was real good training,” he said. “Seven cars is more than we have ever done before and very hands-on for the guys.”
In an unrelated matter, Chief Sippert also reported that the police department did not host its annual National Night Out during the national observance earlier this month, due to scheduling conflicts including the special primary election.
National Night Out is an annual program sponsored by police departments and crime fighting groups each year to raise community awareness about anti-crime efforts including drug prevention and neighborhood watches and to promote police-community partnerships. It is usually held on the first Tuesday in August, dating back to 1984, and spearheaded by the non-profit National Association of Town Watch based in Pennsylvania.