CREATED Nov. 2, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- With the shooting and LAX fresh on their minds, officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department suited up in their gear Saturday morning for a special training.
"As we saw in the situation at LAX yesterday, these active shooters are becoming commonplace for us here in the nation," Capt. Csaba Maczala said.
That's why dozens of metro police officers went into University Medical Center's outpatient clinic with guns drawn as part of a training exercise.
In the scenario, officers were told to act like a gunman had opened fire on staff and patients with volunteers playing various roles to make the drill more realistic.
"Their adrenaline's pumping, there heart is beating, they are breathing heavy. It is like real life," Capt. Csaba Maczala said.
Some of those real life situations involve the worst case scenario.
"In some of the scenarios we'll have some officers that are down, maybe diseased. Even though this is a role playing scenario, the officers really take that to heart," Capt. Csaba Maczala said.
It wasn’t just officers taking part in the scenarios.
One of the newer additions to this training is firefighters who are going in right alongside the officers.
"In the past, the fire department, because there is a danger to them would hold short, and they would wait until the area is clear. But now they are going in to combat with us as collaborative partners," Capt. Csaba Maczala said.
With the unarmed firefighters stepping into harm’s way, metro leaders say teamwork is vital to make sure everyone is doing the job that their partners expect them to do.
Saturday's training involved three of Metro's area commands, and leaders say they hope to organize other similar events to make sure every officer is prepared for this type of situation.