(Ozark, Mo.) It maybe summer break for all the students in Ozark, however first responders' from multiple agencies and educators spent their time taking refresher courses on skills they need at the schools.
As the tragedies of school shootings become more common across the country, Ozark Public Schools has taken a strong proactive step in preventing these tragedies in our schools.
"With today’s society we want to error on the side of caution. We want to make sure we have the best training that we can provide for our staff working together,' explains Chief Tim Clothier, Ozark Police Department.
First responders' from multiple agencies took part in an shooter training including Chief Clothier who hopes they'll never have to respond to a real life situation.
"We hope and pray that nothing like this ever happens In Ozark. However if it does we want reassurance that we will be prepared and today gave us that reassurance."
The agencies worked hard to make sure the training felt as real as possible. It had a shooter, casualties, rapid response, and instinct.
"We wanted to give them the most realistic sound effects and visual effects possible without putting anybody in danger."
Dr. Curtis Chesick, Assistant Superintendent, Ozark Public Schools tells Fox5 they are trying to be mindful of their students while implementing these extra precautions.
"We ask our kids to practice and become better at whatever their craft is. Whether they’re an athlete or a math student, and we as administrators and teachers need to practice and become better at what we do whether its teaching protecting students," says Dr. Chesick.
Educators like Ahren Love who took part in the multi agency training say it's priceless.
"It was kind of shocking at first, but then it’s like that adrenaline starts kicking in and we knew it was a training and something that would help us out," explains Love.
Organizers say it's important for everyone to understand their role and communicate properly.
"Everybody had somebody, a member of their department that was able to make decisions on behalf of the department cause communication Is a must to make sure that everybody knows what everybody else is doing," adds Clothier.
Authorities say there are multiple training sessions and different modules throughout the year for the officers.