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Logan County first responders get ultra-realistic training

Logan County First Responder Training (WKEF/WRGT)

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT)- More than 100 first responders from Logan County took part in a training in Bellefontaine this weekend.

The goal is to make it as realistic as possible where there's still the potential of a threat while they're trying to save lives.

"When you look at a building or school that's been attacked and you have people inside that are shot, you can't let them sit there and bleed out, you have to go in and get them under a law enforcement escort. So the training is a little bit more intense. It's not at the level of a S.W.A.T. medic but it's above the level of your basic civilian first responder," Troy Lowe, a S.W.A.T. medic and the C.E.O. of Silverback Safety & Training Solutions said.

Morgan Latiolais, representing WorldPoint Trauma showed Fox 45’s Christian Hauser some of the training stations being used. The simulators squirt fake blood while crews learn how to stop the bleeding.

"The thing started spurting and my heart rate skyrocketed and I forgot everything and I started packing really quickly and started freaking out," Latiolais said.

They even work with deer carcasses to get the feel of real muscle and tissue.

"I know that when you get into those moments, it's important to have stress tested yourself," Latiolais said.

The men and woman didn't just go through physical training, they also get to listen to Ret. Colonel Dr. Kathy Platoni, a clinical psychologist and a survivor of the Ft. Hood massacre by Nidal Hissan in 2009.

"I was supposed to be the shooter's direct supervisor so he was looking for me. I was at the top of his hit list and I just happened to be out of the line of fire at the time so that's something I struggle with every day," Dr. Platoni said.

Dr. Platoni, who lives in Centerville, says every one of us can try and help prevent the next mass shooting.

"If it doesn't pass the smell test, you have got to say something. Look at all the workplace shootings... Turn on the TV any day of the week and it's there," Dr. Platoni said.

The first responders also learned about dealing with threats on the scene and how to subdue them. After everyone learned about subduing a threat, it was time to put it all together.

Lowe says this training is all about preparing people to survive.

"And not just survive but not live in fear. Get ready and then move past it, you know, but just stay ready because that's the world you have now," Lowe said.

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