First responders work together during active shooter training
MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County - Agencies from across Carteret County put their skills to the test during an active shooter training exercise at Carteret Community College in Morehead City.
Their goal was to take down the shooter as quickly and as safely as possible. This kind of integrated training with multiple agencies has only been going on for a few years and goes above and beyond what the state requires.
"This is training that we have chosen to do in this county to refresh those basic skills and its also to increase and improve the working relationship amongst all the different agencies," said Deputy Chief Bryan Dixon of the Morehead City Police Department During the training, participants were subjected to several different scenarios like an active shooter in the school and an injured officer. Trainers watched their every move and reminded them of the correct procedure. "Skills that you don't use you will forget, its important to prepare for those worst moments because you have no time to think about it and plan for it when it happens," said Dixon. To make it as realistic as possible, the gunmen used fake bullets filled with detergent that made a loud bang. That way officers wont be thrown off by anything should they even encounter a real shooter. "We're all parents and it's not necessarily at a school that this could happen, it could be anywhere but they should take comfort that their law enforcement is working proactively to make their community better," said Dixon.