CIRCLEVILLE — Circleville High School’s parking lot is going to be filled with first responder vehicles this week.

The Circleville Police Department along with Texas State University, Ohio Christian University and Circleville City Schools are hosting an Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training session that will include law enforcement, fire and EMS from not only surrounding areas but out of state as well.

“We are dedicated to the safety and security of students and citizens,” Sgt. Matthew Hafey said. “By continually training with the most advanced methods, it ensures first responders are properly equipped with the skills needed to respond to active threat situations.”

The training is provided at no cost through federal and state grant money provided by Texas State University. The particular unit being covered this week is the first responder medical unit, which was previously called active shooter level two.

The course is designed to train people who can then train fellow members of their departments on how to provide medical treatment in the event of a mass casualty situation, such as an active assailant, and provides them with lesson plans, presentations, manuals and other tools to teach the class to their home agency.

Hafey said courses like this are taught all over the united states and even has out of state groups coming to Circleville to participate.

“It’s nice because we have three or four officers in the class and they’ll be able to instruct our department and other departments on these tactics,” he said. “Our schools provide a great training environment because when they were built they were the most up to date at the time and many schools that are built after this will be built similarly so officers will have similar experiences in their schools.”

The training will be held this week, through Friday and was one of the trainings mentioned in an alert to residents by the department.

“The Circleville Police Department along with other safety agencies will be conducting law enforcement active threat training in various locations in the city over the next few weeks,” the announcement stated. “Local residents can expect a noticeable increase in police presence in some areas of the city. Police, fire and EMS personnel will be training together in some situations.”

“This type of training is not meant to cause any concerns to the public, but rather to better equip our officers an other first responders with the best and most current tactical training to keep our community safe.”

Anyone with questions about what their seeing can contact the Circleville Police Department at 740-474-8888.

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