Eden Prairie officers join more than 200 in mass casualty training

Officers from Eden Prairie Police Department took part in a mass casualty training program.
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Though the hope is that a mass casualty or active shooter event never happens in Eden Prairie or anywhere else, it is the responsibility of law enforcement to prepare for such incidents.

To that end, in November 2013, Eden Prairie Police Department Lt. Jim Morrow began working with police and fire personnel from Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins and St. Louis Park, along with Hennepin County EMS to create a new approach to managing public safety personnel during a mass casualty incident. The approach is documented in a 69-page regional response plan.

The plan was developed in order to ensure consistency in tactics, training and teamwork between Public Safety Answering Points, police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel. The new approach has police, fire and EMS personnel entering the scene together, with the simultaneous goal of neutralizing any threats and quickly providing trauma care and transport for victims. This approach allows victims to get treatment quicker, increasing their likelihood of survival.

Since the plan was implemented in 2014, more than 1,800 public safety personnel have received the regional response training. In late July and early August this summer, the training was conducted at Wayzata East Middle School where 220 people from several police and fire departments in Hennepin County learned how to respond to a mass casualty active shooter