Colorado first responders train for mass shooting, bombing scenarios

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DENVER -- With mass shootings, terrorist bombings and severe weather in mind, first responders in Denver received crucial tactical training Tuesday.

The Disaster Management Institute at the Community College of Aurora-Lowry campus hosted the training, which included an active shooter scenario, a bombing scenario, a domestic violence case with an officer shot and a tornado story line.

The trainees used simulation rooms to recreate the "hyper-simulated" scenarios under challenging and stressful conditions.

“The worst things I’ve ever seen, hopefully, we’ll never see for real,” an emergency responder who participated in the training said. "It’s absolutely invaluable (training) because this is the time to make mistakes. The worst thing we can do is have a mass casualty incident and make all those mistakes on live people."

Fifty first responders from the Front Range took part in the exercises, including Denver police, Westminster police, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

Much of the training came from lessons learned from the Aurora theater shooting in 2012.