Health Care Providers Team up For Active Shooter Training

By Evan Kruegel, Local 5 News

Published 07/23 2014 09:18PM

Updated 07/24 2014 10:26AM

NEENAH, Wis. (WFRV) - The Bullets were fake, but the intensity was real, inside the former Affinity Health Clinic in Neenah. Employees from Affinity Health System and ThedaCare took part in an active shooter simulation, with Neenah police eliminating the threat, and saving survivors.

        "You keep telling yourself this isn't going to happen here," says ThedaCare Security Supervisor Michael Powell. "But having this real life thing going off and having the gunshots, it feels real."

The simulation took place in a now-empty clinic, providing police with valuable experience as well.

        "When we train to actually handle a situation like this, a violent situatuion, we don't want the first time to be the actual scenario," says Officer Edgar Gonzalez. "We want the first time to be here. So by the time we're in a real gun fight, we've done it before."

Employees were told to hide as tactical units fired paintballs at the shooters, providing a real life intensity inside the building.

        "Once you start with the bangs and the simulated gunfire, people's heart rate go up," says Gonzalez. "And when people's heart rate go up, they're going to see what they'd actually do in a real life scenario."

The two providers say when it comes to security, there's no such thing as competition. They hope to work together in the future on similar simulations.

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