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Local law enforcement puts on active shooter response training


Ian Minielly/Daily Globe

WAKEFIELD-MARENISCO K-12 teachers did not get Friday off, as the school kids did. The teachers, staff and administrators came to school like any other day to receive training on active shooter scenarios. County deputy Brandon Lyons, left, and Ironwood officer Adam Clemens put the group through hours of power point slides, videos and practical exercises designed to be uncomfortable because they reflect difficult circumstances.


Wakefield - The Wakefield-Marenisco K-12 teachers, staff and administrators took part in an active shooter intruder response training seminar put on by the Gogebic County Sheriff's Department and Ironwood Public Safety Department Friday.

With students staying home to play in the sun and warm weather, it was an opportunity for law enforcement to visit Wakefield and ensure the school was trained and prepared.

Deputy Brandon Lyons informed the school the training initially started with law enforcement, but is now for civilians. The current situation in America has changed as threats to children have evolved.

Adam Clemens, from the IPSD, said the real first responders in these types of incidents are the teachers, staff and administrators who are on school grounds in the event something occurs. Seventy percent of the active shooter cases have occurred in communities smaller than 10,000 residents.

Lyons said he never signed up for this kind of event either, but times have changed and the number one reason for the training is for the school kids.

The training was scheduled to last four hours. There was a number of hours of power point interspersed with practical exercises designed to simulate real events.


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