Orange County deputies use simulator to practice active-fire situations – WFTV

Video: Orange County deputies use simulator to practice active fire situations The training includes a simulator that helps the deputies react to possible active fire scenarios they might encounter. (WFTV)

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Following recent mass shootings, including the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Channel 9 got first-hand insight into the type of training the Orange County Sheriff’s Office provides for prepare his assistants.

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The training includes a simulator that helps the deputies react to possible active fire scenarios they might encounter.

Every Orange County deputy takes the training while at the academy and continues throughout their job at the sheriff’s office.

MPs shared a storyline with Channel 9 reporter Jeff Deal on Friday in which an MP who is on his own has to walk into a school with active shooters.

It’s just one of about 200 scenarios MPs could face in a 300-degree simulator that immerses them in the environment.

Photos: Orange County deputies use a simulator to practice active fire situations

The deputies must be ready to go in alone to eliminate the shooters.

“It’s fine if two deputies are there at the same time, but if a shooting happens in that classroom, they don’t wait, they come right in to stop the threat,” the Orange County sheriff said. , John Mina.

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Mina said that’s the philosophy of the department and that’s what they’re gearing up for.

Under normal circumstances, deputy safety takes priority, but in active shooter situations, the priorities change.

“The safety priorities in this situation are the hostages,” said Lt. Chris Gunn, deputy commander of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. “Other innocents, then law enforcement security.”

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The simulator is only part of the training – deputies practice in schools and with the SWAT team.

Deputies know that when they find themselves in an active shooter situation, they are putting their lives on the line.

Deputies also have an “active shooter kit” in a safe at county schools that includes a vest, helmet and extra weapons.

See more in the video above.

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