Teachers and first responders train for active shooter situation

Hampden County

The National Fire Protection Agency recently released new standards for preparing for and responding to school shootings. Today, school employees, and law enforcement professionals received training on how to respond to an active shooter.

“It provides guidelines in terms of how we even prepare our buildings – not just our people but also our buildings,” said co-founder of Safe and Sounds Schools, Michele Gay. “And how we train, and how we work together in times of crisis.”

This a cause close to Gay’s heart – she lost her daughter Josephine Grace in the Sandy Hook School shooting in 2012. 

State Fire Marshall Peter Ostroskey said the purpose of the training is to be able to prevent the emergencies, prepare for ones they can’t prevent, and know how to respond as necessary. 

“An active shooter event is a whole community event,” said Ostroskey

School employees and emergency responders attended the event in teams. This is so they could learn to work together before an emergency happens. 

“I’m here with my SRO, my school resource officer,” said Nancy Fischer, an assistant principal at King Philip Middle School in Norfolk. “And we just felt that it was rather important that we all come together, and we all hear the same thing so we can develop a plan.”

Governor Charlie Baker recently proposed a $72 million plan to enhance school safety. It includes $40 million for districts to hire additional mental health professionals, and $4 million for school resource officer training. 

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