ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A training session for law enforcement and fire-rescue personnel took place in St. Augustine today at a Flagler College dormitory.
The scenario was a shooter had entered the dormitory and was holding students hostage.
Some Flagler College students participated, role playing as victims.
The idea is to train patrol officers for these scenarios – not just SWAT team members – because patrol officers may be the first on the scene. The police chief says the idea started with former St. Johns County Sheriff Neil Perry and spread nationwide.
Lueders said, "Right after Columbine, then-sheriff Perry decided we can't respond to this type of incident and stand outside. Our job is to go in and make sure we neutralize the threat."
While officers in St. Augustine and St. Johns County conduct training and drills similar to this every year, Lueders said this is the first time fire rescue members are also part of the training.