First responders in our area watched the shooting rampage in Washington, D.C. unfold, hoping to learn something to help them respond to any mass shooting. Our Erin Vannella was in Queensbury, where she spoke with Warren County's emergency responders.
WARREN COUNTY, N.Y. -- "When something like this happens, we'll evaluate the situation itself and actually go back and make sure we're doing everything we possibly can to protect," said Warren County Sheriff Department Investigator Jeff Gildersleeve.
Local law enforcement turn tragedy, like the 12 people and gunman who died Monday at the Naval Yard in Washington, D.C., to team tactics, their knee jerk reaction since Columbine.
"The police officers did exactly as they were trained and that was to contain and await SWAT. Today, that's not the case. Every officer is trained in active shooter techniques and they're to go in and try to get to the threat and stop the threat," said Gildersleeve.
Warren County law enforcement officers say learning from such emergencies is their best chance to save lives. Unable to predict tragedy, equipping officers with the proper tools and know how, they say, is invaluable.
"In Warren County, tax payer money spent zero money on this. We started an ERT, or Emergency Response Team, and we funded that with drug seizures. We've started a canine unit and at some point in time, we want to get a bomb dog," said Warren County Sheriff Bud York.
Realistic, active shooter training or hostage simulations may very well seem superfluous to some, even scary, officials say, but it's law enforcement's job to protect and that means preparing for the worst.
"A lot of people will say well it can't happen here and I guarantee you the people that lived in these communities where it has happened have said the exact same thing," said Gildersleeve.
The giant armored car, or M-RAP, you saw in the video is one of Warren County's most recent acquisitions. Built to withstand explosions, flames and gunfire, it's yet another tool they can use to protect.