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Emergency Personnel Get Gunman Training

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Late Wednesday night, Medford Police and Fire and Rescue prepared themselves for the day they may have to face with an active shooter in the city.

Those agencies had a training session that was a life-like simulation of dealing with a gunman at the Rogue Valley Mall.

The training started around 10 p.m. after the mall was closed.

The goal of the exercise was for police to secure the area and handle the shooter, and fire and rescue would then come in to help victims. Medford Police officials say that with the high number of shooting situations happening recently, they have to be ready if it happened closer to home.

“We just don’t know anymore, you don’t know where the next place is going to be, and Medford is a big enough place, and it could certainly happen here,” said Lt. Mike Budreau with the Medford Police Department.

The Medford Police does several active shooter training sessions throughout the year.