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Behind the scenes of the rescue task force training

Drills teach first responders to work in tandem if the police and medics train to work together in emergencies; Laura Ingle reports from Poughkeepsie, New York.

Imagine that a paramedic or a fireman trying to save the life of someone who has been shot, or badly injured while you are under the threat of the shot itself. It sounds like a scene from a battlefield abroad, but it has become a reality for many paramedics and firefighters working to medical assistance to the victims during active shooter situations.

In most cases, law enforcement agencies find themselves in a position to keep Emt back to a scene is declared safe or “cold” to help prevent further injuries or deaths.

In recent mass shootings such as in the Park, Fla. at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed and many others injured and waiting for help, some paramedics reported to be frustrated after they were told that they could not go in the school, because law enforcement feared the situation was still “hot”, or active.

In recent mass shootings such as in the Park, Fla. at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed and many others injured and waiting for help, some paramedics reported to be frustrated after they were told that they could not go in the school, because law enforcement feared the situation was still “hot”, or active.

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Scenarios such as those in Florida, have encouraged many Rescue Task Force teams across the country to increase the frequency of the training. The goal: to help law enforcement and paramedics coordinate efforts to quickly in an area that aid workers call the “hot zone” during hyper violent events, when the police are present and the danger level is decreased.

Chris Strattner with the National Center for Security and Preparedness at the University at Albany College of emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity, recently ran a training operation in Poughkeepsie, NY with EMS, fire and police inside and outside of an unused church and school.

Strattner told Fox News there is a lot of good work of these teams can do in the warm zone.

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EMT says that the police would not let medics in a Park in the school

“That warm zone is where we think that the ambulance staff or fire-fighters that a good education can move in that space. Firefighters are all brave guys. They are used to in burning buildings, they are used to in wrecked cars,” Strattner said. “So we give them the tools to be in a semi-safe place, we can tell them how it is a little bit to make it safer for themselves and let them work to save lives in that place.”

Paramedics learning the language and timed movements of armed entry has been going on nationwide for years, but reinforced after the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado in 1999.

Sgt. Patrick Barry of the Poughkeepsie Police Department said running drills, and as often as possible is an important aspect of the Rescue Task Force.

Scenarios such as those in Florida, have encouraged many Rescue Task Force teams across the country to increase the frequency of the training. The goal: to help law enforcement and paramedics coordinate efforts to quickly in an area that aid workers call the “hot zone” during hyper violent events, when the police are present and the danger level is decreased.

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“When it comes to training, in particular with the fire department, it is important that we do it is often as if the actual situation happens, it goes flawlessly,” Barry said. “As we learn from these past experiences and try to improve ourselves.”

Strattner said medical workers to learn “tactical emergency causality make.”

“That’s the idea of putting a tourniquet on to start, not to worry as that tourniquet is going to be the cause of someone losing their arm, because it is not, the use of things like commercially prepared salad dressings that will help you stop bleeding as QuikClot or Celox, and the sealing of holes in a box,” Strattner said. “And if you do those three things that you are going to have to buy a whole lot of time for that person who maybe died in 5 minutes. You would buy you 20 or 30 minutes, which gives you the time to go to the hospital to get to a surgeon.”

Both the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, have issued guidelines for active shooter incidents, but there is not a federal mandate on how organizations should work in tandem.

Captain Christopher Mills of the Arlington Fire District in Poughkeepsie says it is difficult to be in a position where you want to help but you’re not allowed to do what you are trained to do.

In most cases, law enforcement agencies find themselves in a position to keep Emt back to a scene is declared safe or “cold” to help prevent further injuries or deaths. But that protocol is now changing.

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That is the reason why he hopes these ongoing exercises teaches these teams how to win and safe access to the wounded.

“It can be really frustrating. That is why it is important for us to continue with this training, our partnerships, and continue to spread the word that this is probably the better way to do it than how they did in the previous years,” Mills said.

Lt. Joe Tarquinio of the Arlington Fire District said: it is good to plan ahead and train for these situations, and often before it’s too late.

“You need to have a game plan 5 minutes before and months for,” said Tarquinio, who recently took part in the Poughkeepsie Rescue Task Force training, “and that is the biggest part.”

Laura Ingle currently serves as a New York-based correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) and also frequently anchors FOXNews.com/LIVE. She joined FNC as a Dallas-based correspondent in 2005.

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