BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) - In a training exercise Thursday night, Beavercreek Police respond as an active shooter opens fire at Ferguson Middle School.
Each officer has the opportunity to go through this exercise individually. They don't want us to show you the techniques they use once they get inside the room with the active shooter but you can hear them.
"What is important here is the time, from the beginning to the end lasts less than 10 minutes. So, it's critical that we respond in a quick manner, get to the threat and neutralize the shooter as soon as possible," explains Cpt. Jeff Fiorita.
Cpt. Fiorita says the police department has been doing this for 13 years now. They started shortly after the Columbine school shooting massacre.
"We're trying to always improve. The techniques and the methods have changed over the years, since 2000 anyways as far as how we respond and what we respond with, how to basically handle the entire incident," comments Cpt. Fiorita.
But, this is only the second year they've partnered with the Beavercreek Fire Department.
"With the fire department, we're focusing on this year, a safe rescue operation, a team concept of quickly assessing any time of an injury and beginning safe rescue operations as soon as we can," says Cpt. Fiorita.
Cpt. Fiorita says the Beavercreek City School District's resource officer is also involved in the training and helps relay this information to the district officials.
Logan, Darke, Preble, Greene and Wayne County, Indiana are under level one snow emergencies. Butler County is under a level two snow emergency.
Snowfall reports vary across the Miami Valley as the storm continues to produce heavy snow, making it hard for drivers to see in some cases.
People's daily routines were definitely impacted by the wintry blast Friday.
The first wave of the storm brought hazardous conditions to the Greenville area in Darke County.