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Training for a worst-case scenario


Last updated 6/15/2022 at 3:28pm

Karin Hill

Members of Fountain Police Department's Rapid Response Team participate in a live-shooter training scenario in the Lorraine Community Center on June 2. The former school building provided a realistic environment for an exercise where classrooms, hallways and a variety of doors could be taken into account.

Once a year members of Fountain Police Department's Rapid Response Team — FPD's equivalent of SWAT — go through a week of special training to keep up their certifications.

They cover a wide variety of situations, from active shooters and barricaded subjects, to firearms qualifications and hostage rescues.

Their most recent 40-hour training occurred the first week of June, and several tragic mass shootings across the nation were fresh on their minds.

"In light of recent events in Uvalde, Texas, and elsewhere, it's important for the Fountain community to know how we train for situations...

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