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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – February 2017: Fire Fighters and police practice responding to an active shooter incident. They combine to form Rescue Task Forces capable of maintaining security inside warm zones, and offering medical attention. Before the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, in keeping with protocol for violent crime scenes, police responding to an active shooter would wait for SWAT to arrive to enter the building, by which time, the incident had usually already ended in the attacker’s suicide or escape. Now the first responding police officers and fire fighters make an immediate entry onto the scene, neutralizing the threat, and offering first aid to casualties.
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