Valley emergency crews undergo training for active shooter situations

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Emergency crews are changing the way they respond to active shooters.

Scottsdale, and at least two other Valley cities, recently bought body armor for their fire departments. Firefighter-paramedics also receive training how to go into mass casualty scenes before the danger is fully over.

"The sooner we get to the patient in a safe and efficient manner, triage them, control the bleeding, and then extract them to get them to a higher level of care," Battalion Chief Brian Read said.

In the past firefighters were trained to stage a safe distance away until an attacker was taken down.

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