TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) — More than 300 faculty and staff members of Trotwood Madison City Schools took part in a training exercise Thursday morning.
Trotwood Police organized the training — which is geared at training first responders, and faculty members how to properly handle an active shooter situation.
Trotwood Police Captain John Porter tells us the training is invaluable.
“This is about saving lives. It’s about getting in here quick. It’s about taking action and trying to do whatever you can do in order to save yourself, or other peoples lives.”
It’s the first time Trotwood Police has rolled out the training for staff members.
“This is our first experience with it. We’re expecting some glitches, some problems as we go along through this.”
Police say they hope the need doesn’t arrive, but if it does — they’ll be ready.
“It always makes it close to home whenever a school is involved, whenever children are involved. Sandy Hook, Colombine, that’s what makes it more realistic,” he said.
Inside the classrooms–faculty members learned how to disarm an attacker. The more than 300 staff members practiced four different scenarios: hide, evacuate, fight, or barricade the room.
A stressful situation for the faculty members like Marlon Howard.
“They do want the knowledge, but the fact that they’re actually going through the process is a little stressful.”
Howard, Operations Director for Trotwood Madison City Schools, says the district has had a threat before.
The training comes in the wake of Beavercreek High School being evacuated after police received notice that a threat had been made.
“When the string of threats in the county were happening, we had one as well. We addressed it through our procedures. As far as something this extensive, absolutely not.”
Police, and faculty participating are hoping they won’t use their training; however, if they do — they’ll be prepared.