By: Erika Fernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 19, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Leon County Sheriff's Office underwent intense hands-on training at Montford Middle School on Thursday.
SWAT, Bomb and Hostage teams were training for active shooter situations, a scenario that's all too real after Pulse, Las Vegans and Parkland.
"It's important that these guys see all of this stuff for the first time as it comes through," said Deputy Dave Teems with LCSO. "We pre-plan everything, but we want it to be as close to a real-life scenario as possible."
Deputy Teems says the officers train all the time, but nothing can prepare them for a tragedy like Parkland.
"We're always concerned with the safety of our citizens and everything that's been going on lately with school shootings," he said. "We want to make sure that, God forbid something like that happens here, we're absolutely prepared for it as much as possible."
LCSO is using past school shootings as a learning experience to help them gear up for this moment.
"We've pulled as much as we can from scenarios that've happened in the past," Teems said. "We learn from our past because, if not, you're doomed to repeat it."
LCSO says training has increased with recent school shootings, but their deputies are always prepared for the worst.
"With the increase in school shootings, we've foucused a little more on that type of stuff," Teems continued. "We anticipate if it happens here, w'ere going to be completely prepared. We want to make sure our guys get the best training possible."