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Vegas authorities give behind-the-scenes look at active shooter training

Posted: 8:55 PM, Dec 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-07 07:39:52Z
Las Vegas first responders train for active shooter
Las Vegas first responders train for active shooter
Las Vegas first responders train for active shooter
Las Vegas first responders train for active shooter
Las Vegas first responders train for active shooter

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — When it comes to an active shooter, Las Vegas law enforcement says the name on the uniform doesn't matter because there isn't time to prepare and it is all about saving lives.

"You may have the first three on scene be one Las Vegas police officer, one Nevada trooper and one Henderson officer," Nevada Highway Patrol trooper TravisSmakasaid. "All three have to know each other's tactics and be on the same page."

That coordination is just as important with firefighters and paramedics as police learned when responding to the 1 October attack.

It was a major focus of Thursday's active shooter training inside the parole and probation offices.

"When that scenario hits us again we are going to answer that call to the best of our ability,"Smakasaid.

Part of the training involves working on issues investigators identified after watching hundreds of hours of body camera footage of the response to 1 October.

One of those was the communication between the agencies who use different dispatch centers.

"We are going to improve on those deficiencies make ourselves more of a total force,"Smakasaid.

Many paramedics are now trained to go in alongside officers wearing body armor to assess victims quicker, according to officials, with the end goal for everyone to be ready to walk into a situation without any questions about safety and ready to save lives.