The Winneshiek County Emergency Management Agency is sponsoring active shooter training this week.
The training was to be held at St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School in Spillville, but the class has been moved to the Decorah Middle School for sessions Thursday, June 13, and Friday, June 14.
“Due to the great number of registered law enforcement, fire department and EMS students, we need a larger area to conduct our full-scale exercises tomorrow and Friday. We are now moving Thursday and Friday's hands-on activities to the Decorah Middle School,” Winneshiek County Emergency Management Coordinator Sean Snyder said Wednesday.
On Friday being there will be "live scenarios training" inside and outside of the Decorah Middle School.
The name of the class being taught is “Rescue Task Force – Hostile Event Interdiction.”
Students from law enforcement, fire, rescue and emergency medical services from all over Northeast Iowa will learn the tactics, techniques and procedures specific to a unified small group response as a rescue task force during the interdiction phase of a terrorist driven active shooter or any other hostile incident, according to Snyder.
Decorah School District officials said there will be many emergency vehicles located near or around Decorah Middle School as well as many participants in uniforms and training gear.
“There is no reason for concern as they are only practicing using one of the Decorah Community School District buildings,” school officials said.
Decorah Middle School Orchestra lessons are still being held as scheduled in the orchestra room Thursday, June 13.