SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Police and Fire departments trained together at former Jefferson Elementary Friday.
The training was to help prepare crews for a possible school shooting. The goal of the scenario was to save more lives.
In this new approach, Spokane firefighters go in with first responding officers. Police guide firefighters to the victims so they can get the help they need and get out as soon as possible.
“For us, we look at them as an extra set of eyes and ears to help us as well as they can help us medically if we need assistance as well,” said Officer Jay Kernkamp.
Officials said this is a nationwide effort after victims from a shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado did not make it.
Firefighters also wore new bulletproof medical vest that were bought with a federal grant. It is equipped with all the medical gear they need including a portable stretcher.
Dozens of firefighters and officers went through the training.
The two departments trained for a school shooting scenario from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.