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Police, firefighters practice new plan for student safety at metro schools

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Police practiced Wednesday what they plan to do differently if an active shooter takes aim.

Inside the doors at Lincoln Junior High School it was out with the old and in with the new way to respond to an active shooter for the Kansas City, MO, police and fire departments.

"It's a process. I know you guys are probably just a little bit hesitant on what's going on. Once you see how the process works, though, it really does make sense," Battalion Chief Brian Trickey with KCFD said to his firefighters.

They trained on a new way of attacking what's becoming an all-too familiar problem of active shooter situations in schools and other buildings.

In the past, emergency medical services personnel would wait, blocks away, for victims to be brought to them. Now the Kansas City fire and police departments are changing that protocol.

"We make entry early in the incident, within minutes of the first shot, under police protection. It's a comprehensive model of deployment," Trickey said.

It also creates a different course of action for the police department's tactical squad, with two officers now dedicated to two EMS members, making swift four-person teams.

"They absolutely will not leave our personnel, under any circumstances," Trickey said.

"We know what we are getting into and so we're putting ourselves in front of that threat and trying to use speed as our best tactic to get to the threat, neutralize it and hopefully rescue or save as many people as possible by doing that," said Sgt. Mark Bentz with the KCPD.

The departments will train together every Wednesday through November. The police department also implemented the training at their academy so, by the time cadets graduate, they'll already have a working knowledge of the strategy.

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