July 2016
Mt. San Antonio from Rancho Cucamonga: photo by Amanda Walker
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Police and Fire District Train for Active Shooters

Innovative tactical response can save lives.

The Rancho Cucamonga Police Department (RCPD) and the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District (RCFD) firmly believe that tactical education for City employees, businesses, and citizens is critical to reducing injuries and even death in an active shooter situation. Over the last six months, these agencies partnered to train City employees and businesses in response strategies and first aid for traumatic injuries similar to ones created by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security. Now, this same training is available to the citizens of Rancho Cucamonga in an effort to "harden the target" and prepare the public with a solid plan.

The RCPD and RCFD first partnered together in 2003 to develop an innovative and dynamic response that combats an active shooter situation. Their efforts focused on neutralizing the immediate threat and preserving life. Experts from both departments developed a cutting edge joint tactical response that is now modeled by law enforcement and fire department agencies throughout the country.

Rancho Cucamonga's police and fire personnel have trained in over 120 active shooter scenarios at schools, theaters, businesses and recreational areas. The scenarios are designed to expose first responders to realistic and complicated scenes. Deputies that arrive first form tactical teams to locate and stop the shooter, while secondary deputies and fire personnel form medical aid teams to provide emergency care for victims, even while the threat of the shooter still exists. Statistics prove this response model saves lives by providing immediate medical care.