EXCLUSIVE: Inside Active Shooter Training Part 2: Empowering local businesses + BONUS VID

MANCHESTER – Thursday night we showed you how the Manchester Police Department is training its own to handle active shooter situations – like the deadly attacks in San Bernardino, California and Paris – to name just two. These cases have a growing number of employers concerned about the safety of their workers. That’s where the Manchester Police Departments steps in with potentially life-saving training.

“The first thing that ran into my head is how is Manchester going to deal with this? How are our local business going to react? Are they going to want presentations? Are they going to want training? The answer is yes. We’ve been getting a lot of requests for training,” said Officer Nathan Linstad.

“This is the very, very, very tip of the iceberg. We train all the time. We’re always training, we’re always trying to find out what the trends are, and trying to do what we can to stop them,” said Linstad.

Officer Linstad – and the Manchester Police Department – use that intelligence to better prepare themselves to handle violent and deadly encounters. They will also share their expertise with local businesses and organizations that want to be able to better protect themselves against active shooters.

“They need to get the training, where it could be anything. It could be a true active shooter event, it could be just a workplace violence situation where someone had been fired comes back… or a domestic situation,” said Linstad.

He adds, “It’s just training. We’re not going to come in there and do anything crazy. People won’t be running around jumping over desks or anything. We come in, we talk about concepts, we talk about what you do if this scenario happens,” said Linstad. “Time is of the essence. And the faster you act, the less damage there is, whether it’s personal property or people.”

“Anything you can do to protect your employees is a good thing,” said Dan Fortin, President & CEO, Breathe New Hampshire.

Fortin arranged the training for his staff in Manchester shortly after the San Bernardino attack.

“I think it’s comforting. I mean, obviously, the realities of what this all represents is sort of scary, but I think I’m more aware and hope my staff is a little more comfortable and secure with themselves in terms of their actions and what they do or don’t do in the case of an emergency,” said Fortin. “I realize there’s a small probability of something happening, but I’d just as soon see them all safe and being prepared to do whatever they have to do take care of themselves.”

You can learn more about the training by calling the Manchester Police Department at (603) 668-8711.

EXCLUSIVE: Inside Active Shooter Training Part 1

MANCHESTER – The brutal killings in Paris and San Bernardino, California are just some of most recent attacks that are driving potentially life-saving conversations about active shooters. Specifically, how police are training to handle these situations and what we all can do to increase our chances of survival.

“The first thing that ran into my head is how is Manchester going to deal with this?” Officer Nathan Linstad of the Manchester Police Department said.

In part one of our two-part series, “Training Day” – we show you how the Manchester Police Department is preparing officers for an event they hope never happens.

“You have to be ready as a city, and as a state and as a country,” Linstad said.

A middle school in the city of Manchester, closed for winter break, was ground zero for one of the Manchester Police Department’s most critical and timely exercises: Active Shooter Training.

“In a school, using actual classrooms, so you’re seeing the kids’ drawings on their desks, and you’re seeing the drawings up on the walls, and you’re trying to get that full effect of the training,” Linstad said. “You’re not just training for your child, you’re training for everybody’s children.”

On this day, 25 officers were wearing helmets and body armor, armed with modified handguns or rifles designed to shoot paint balls, search for active shooters played by SWAT team instructors.

“We try to make it as realistic as possible,” Linstad said. “We try to get people’s heart rates elevated. We try to give them a little bit of an adrenaline rush, because that’s real. Each officer plays both a good guy and a bad guy. You want to see it from the opposite angle.”

The training is intense, aggressive – and fast – because the average active shooter situation lasts just three-to-five minutes.

“It’s a long time if you’re in that building, but it’s not a lot of time if you’re calling a SWAT team, so that patrol officer, or the school resource officer, or the detective that is out on the street at the time, they’re more than likely going to be there within that three minutes, so they’re going to have to deal with the situation,” Linstad said.

If they can’t, lives – many lives – can be lost.

“If you enter a building and you hear shots being fired, you have to understand that each bullet represents a life. A life could be taken for every shot,” Linstad said.

We recorded a lot of video for this story – video the Manchester Police Department asked us for, so they can use it as a training tool so they can get even better.

On Friday night, we’ll show you how the department is offering training for local business and organizations that want to better protect their employees.

It’s truly information that can help protect you and your family.

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