Ontario Active Shooter Training Praised By Attorney General

  • 6/5/2019 7:34:20 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

ONTARIO, OH - In the halls of an empty Ontario High School, an officer of the Ontario Police Department moves room to room, clearing the area as a team of several medics and other officers follow close behind. The body of a training dummy lies helpless on the floor, waiting to be rescued by medical personnel. As the small unit moves through the hallway, the two medics lift the lifeless training dummy from the floor and move it into a secured room to begin first aid. The scenario, which is part of a training exercise to prepare police in the event of an active shooter, is grim, but is ultimately necessary to prepare first responders for the worst.

"Every year, we do active shooter or active threat training and downed person rescue," said Rob Griefenstine, a Captain at the Ontario Police Department. "We're working with a few different agencies including area fire departments and we work on stopping an active threat in a building which would include a school, as well as helping and escorting fire and EMS staff so they can start treating the injured and getting them removed from the threat area as soon as possible."

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost appeared at the training and commended the Ontario Police Department and other first-responders within Richland County, expressing his appreciation for the training and for the efforts law enforcement goes through to keep people safe.

"This is a training that is not done in every jurisdiction," Yost said. "There's no time to be figuring it out in the moment. When the stuff hits the fan, you've got to fall back on your training. Here in Richland County, to see our first responders out getting ready, working through this, so that they know what the tactics are. It makes me feel much better (about) Richland County. I hope that we never have a need for this training here in Richland County or in Mansfield, but the fact of the matter is that we're going to have to respond somewhere, and the only way to be ready for the day when it happens at random is to systematically train."

The training will continue throughout the week, with Ontario High School and Middle School being the temporary staging grounds.

More Local News

Our top stories from around the area
  • Shooting Sends One To Hospital In Marion

    • 9/21/2019 2:19:43 PM
    • Ingrid Schmidt
    • Local News

    The Marion Police Department is currently investigating a shooting that occurred in the 290 block of East Center Street.

Local News

More stories from around the area
WMFD.com - Mansfield and North Central Ohio News Sports and Weather