Local high school teams up with Rescue Task Force for hands on training

Local students and faculty along with Rescue Task Force teams were put to the test to see how to operate in hostile environments at Caroll High School.

Posted: Feb 24, 2018 9:05 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2018 9:20 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Students at Caroll High School won't be the same after Saturday's practice drill that put them in the shoes of what it feels like to be a victim in the Florida school shooting.

"Imagine you have a SWAT guy in your building, you're not gonna mess around. It's going to be life or death," Michael Fretz said.

Fire Chief of Huntertown Fire Department said with the recent crime events, it's time to bring this training outside city lines.

There's fake blood, a practice 911 call, a fake gun, and real bodies imitating dead ones all to give a real feel of what to do in dangerous situations.

"Today was definitely a day of a demonstration of a stressful time, a not so pleasant topic, but it helped us to reinforce our training and what we need to work on," Fire Chief Mike Feely said.

John Miller who is the Chief Operations Officer for Allen County Schools said they are trying to improve what they do and how they do things. 

"If anyone tells you they're 100% prepared for something like this, they're not,"  he said.

The students call it an eye opening experience.

"When you're in a situation like this, I don't think they understand until you're put into a situation like this, and it's pretty serious," Hayden Jones said.

Miller said having the Rescue Tasks Force and students be involved in this interactive exercise is something their very grateful for.

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