From host.madison.com: “Smile! Local officers testing body camera” — Officers at Madison Area Technical College are checking out a new piece of equipment that could help in gathering evidence, right from an officer’s shoulder.

The new gadget is a video camera that can be clipped onto a shoulder or other parts of an officer’s uniform.

“The portable cameras can be switched on when an officer faces a possible confrontation,” the college said in a news release.

The evidence caught by camera could help in crime detection, prevention and prosecution, the release said.

From shoeboyganpress.com: “LTC offers active shooter, workplace violence seminars” — Lakeshore Technical College is offering seminars intended to help the public respond to incidents of school or workplace violence. Seminars will be held Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Nov. 14 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the Cleveland campus in the Public Safety building.

The seminar will address school and workplace violence, with a major emphasis on the active shooter. Participants will learn how to respond to threats, what to expect from law enforcement’s response, what to teach children about the immediate actions to take when confronted by an active shooter and what plans businesses and citizens should have in place in case an incident occurs.

The seminar is designed for everyone, especially parents and those in the business and school community, according to a news release.

Instructor Jason Wilterdink, who has 15 years of experience as a law enforcement officer, is a full-time instructor at LTC, a master instructor in use of force and is certified by several organizations as a firearms instructor. He also has served as an instructor and expert witness in self-defense, training, safety, security, health, wellness and fitness.

Wilterdink also served in an international police mission for the United Nations where he served in Liberia as the team leader for the crowd control team and lead instructor for physical security, operational security and civil unrest in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 1509.

The cost of the seminar is $89. To register by phone with credit card, call 888-468-6582, ext. 1366.

 

From wbay.com: “Fox Valley Tech Chosen to Review Outagamie County Storm Response” — A panel of experts at Fox Valley Technical College will conduct an independent review of Outagamie County’s August 7th storm response. A professional meteorologists will also be part of the review.

The sirens were silent as a severe storm tore across the county and spawned a number of tornadoes in the early morning hours of August 7th. The county Public Service Committee discussed possible discipline for the county’s Emergency Management director, Julie Loeffelholz.

In her defense, Loeffelholz says the National Weather Service never issued a tornado warning and no trained personnel or weather spotters reported tornadoes, but even if they had, she couldn’t have activated sirens because power was knocked out to the communications tower to signal them and the backup system she requested won’t be purchased and installed until 2014.

Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson requested an independent review, and put Outagamie Corporation Counsel Joe Guidote in charge of organizing the review panel.

Guidote says he chose FVTC “because of its expertise in public safety and emergency management training.” He says the panel will include people with credentials in law enforcement, and meteorology.

From wsaw.com: “Firefighters Gain Valuable Training Experience” — A car flips over and the driver can only be rescued by being extricated through the trunk.

 

A disabled man needs to be rescued from a burning building.

 

These are all frightening scenarios, but fortunately this is only a drill,and the victims are only plastic mannequins.

Saturday fire crews were able to practice for when these situations could become reality.

“We can accommodate police, fire, EMS, and a whole host of other public opportunities. You can’t get any other hands on training in this area.” says Fire Training director Doug Jennings.

You can’t learn how to fight fires and save lives just through reading a textbook, so that is why Northcentral Technical College hosted Advanced Skill Training Day. It is a way for rescue crews to be able to prepare for the worst.

“This facility up here is great for facilitating hands-on scenarios. Today they aren’t talking about cutting cars, they are actually cutting cars in difficult positions.” Jennings says.

The event was a great way for N.T.C to showcase their brand new training center. After the original one was destroyed, they have been able to get the latest technology.

“Our public safety center was demolished in the tornado a few years ago. We were able to rebuild this complex out here with the help of our president to a fantastic facility.” says Jennings.

Now they are able to provide firefighters a way to practice for the worst, all while learning from each other.

From wxow.com: “‘Active shooter’ training underway at UWL” — The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Western Technical College are teaming up this week to help first responders prepare for possible emergencies.

The “active shooter” training began Monday and runs through Thursday.

Kellie McElroy, Western’s law enforcement academy director, said UWL holds yearly, active shooter exercises. But she said this is the first year Western, which holds various tactical training classes of its own, is participating in UWL’s drills.

“Getting training for all the different public safety entities… that’s not something we get to do very often,” she said.

Law enforcement and emergency response officials from as far as Dane County are taking part in this week’s drills at UWL. Although McElroy said the bulk of the departments are from the Western Technical College area — covering La Crosse, Monroe, Jackson, Trempealeau and Vernon Counties.

Muddy Boots Tactical Training, a Florida security company specializing in emergency response, has been brought in to oversee the classes.

Mike Kilian, of Muddy Boots, said the active shooter training focuses not just on tracking down and disarming any potential shooters, but also on treating victims.

“If somebody is injured or shot, we don’t have time to let law enforcement clear the entire building before we can go in to help,” Kilian said. “So what we’re doing in this class is practicing escorting EMS personnel to the victims and extracting them while other teams are looking for the suspects inside the building.”

Kilian said it’s important to make the training as realistic as possible.

“You will react how you train,” he said. “If you have no formal training and don’t practice things, you’re not going to react very well.”

The training exercises are also expected to foster cooperation and collaboration between the various departments responding to various emergencies.

“You should all be training together,” Kilian said. “We get better results if we all train together because we all have the same goal: public safety.”

 

From sheboyganpress.com: “LTC schedules active shooter seminar” — Incidents of school or workplace violence can happen at random, but there are ways the public can be better prepared for the worst.

Lakeshore Technical College is offering a seminar from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 25 intended to help the public respond effectively. The seminar will be held on the Cleveland campus in the Public Safety building.

The seminar will address school and workplace violence, with a major emphasis on the active shooter. Participants will learn how to respond to threats, what to expect from law enforcement’s response, what to teach their children about the immediate actions to take when confronted by an active shooter and what plans businesses and citizens should have in place.

The seminar is designed for everyone, especially parents and those in the business and school community.

The instructor, Jason Wilterdink, has 15 years of experience as a law enforcement officer. In addition, he is currently a full-time instructor at LTC, a master instructor in use of force, certified by several organizations as a firearms instructor and has served as an instructor and expert witness in self-defense, training, safety, security, health, wellness and fitness.

Wilterdink also served in an international police mission for the United Nations where he served in Liberia-West Africa as the team leader for the crowd control team and lead instructor for physical security, operational security and civil unrest in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 1509.

The cost of the seminar is $89. To register by phone with credit card, call 888-468-6582, ext. 1366.

For more information, visit www.gotoltc.edu/seminars/activeshooters.php or call Ruth at 920-693-1167 or e-mail ruth.semph@gotoltc.edu.

 

From htrnews.com: “Lakeshore Technical College to offer violence seminar” — CLEVELAND — Incidents of school or workplace violence can happen at random, but there are ways the public can prepare. Lakeshore Technical College will offer a seminar on July 25 intended to help the public respond effectively. It will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Public Safety building on the Cleveland campus, 1290 North Ave.

The seminar will address school and workplace violence, with a major emphasis on the active shooter. It’s designed for everyone, especially parents and those in the business and school community. Participants will learn how to respond to threats, what to expect from law enforcement’s response, what to teach their children about the immediate actions to take when confronted by an active shooter, and what plans businesses and citizens should have in place in case an incident occurs.

The instructor, Jason Wilterdink, has 15 years of experience as a law enforcement officer. He currently is a full-time instructor at LTC, a master instructor in use of force, and certified by several organizations as a firearms instructor. He has served as an instructor and expert witness in self-defense, training, safety, security, health, wellness and fitness.

Wilterdink also participated in an international police mission for the United Nations where he served in Liberia, West Africa, as the team leader for the crowd control team and lead instructor for physical security, operational security, and civil unrest in accordance with U.N. Security Council resolution 1509.

The cost of the seminar is $89, and the class number is 41906. To register by phone with a credit card, call (888) 468-6582, ext. 1366. For more information, visithttp://www.gotoltc.edu/seminars/activeShooters.php or contact Ruth at (920) 693-1167 or ruth.semph@gotoltc.edu.

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