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Onslow County EMS sponsor active shooter workshop

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - As the family of the victims in Maryland cope with the death of their loved ones, first responders and school administrators in eastern North Carolina came together to prepare for a similar situation.
    
On Saturday, Onslow County Emergency Services finished up a two-day active shooter workshop at Jacksonville High School. 

One hundred and forty-eight people participated in the training.

The workshop featured reviews and breakdowns of past national active shooter situations. 

"What we're trying to do is raise the awareness level. Look at anything that may be of new tactics that's going on and how they're dealing with it and any new trends that may be going on," Onslow County Director of Emergency Services, Norman Bryson. 
     
Richlands Volunteer EMS Rescue Squad Training and Education Officer, James Mayes, says he learned a lot of valuable information at the workshop that he plans to share with his squad members.

“I've never been called out to event like this; so, getting the knowledge on how everybody would respond is going to help us become better at this job in the future," said Mayes. 
  
Bryson says some of the areas of focus were communication, parent and student reunification, and getting medical attention to the injured.

Following the workshop, Bryson says county officials will get together to review their current active shooter procedures. After the review they hope to schedule a live training session with first responders and school officials to test out and tweak procedures, if necessary.

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