PROVO, Utah— SWAT candidates in Utah County just received some valuable training that could help them save lives in the future.
It was meant to represent what a real active shooter situation would feel like.
Around 200 adults and students volunteered to be victims in the training. The simulation included blank guns, smoke machines and make up to simulate injuries.
Before the drill, a survivor of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 spoke to the group.
“Really this is new to them they can feel that stress inoculation… can handle stress and function and help people,” Will Beck said.
He said back then, there weren’t trainings like this, leaving students and police completely unprepared.