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Video: Officers undergo intense ‘active shooter’ training

It’s called the S.T.A.R. Course.  It stands for Survival, Treatment and Rescue, and It’s designed to help responding officers treat victims in the wake of gunfire.

It’s a course taught by the Life Saving Consulting Group out of Colorado Springs.  An organization founded by Jonathan Thompson, a former Green Beret and Special Forces Medical Sergeant. 

Agencies ranging from Aurora to Wheat Ridge P.D. participated in the 10-hour long day Friday.  About 20 officers took part. 

Glendale police officer Roy Martin is learning a lot:  “You learn how to respond…as a team,” he says.  Martin played the role of “bad guy” in one scenario involving gunfire and a downed officer.

Thompson says the tragedies of Columbine, Virginia Tech, Ft. Hood, Texas and, most recently, Aurora, continue to underscore the need to get tailored medical training and specially designed trauma kits into the hands of Colorado’s peace officers.

Friday’s training was free.

It’s quite intense, as you’ll see when you watch the video above.