FROM THE ELIOT MAINE POLICE DEPARTMENT FEBRUARY 20, 2018
ELIOT, MAINE– The Eliot Police Department along with police, fire, and EMS agencies from surrounding towns held an active shooter training session at Marshwood Middle School in Eliot Tuesday morning.
Eliot Police Chief Elliott Moya says this particular training session is an annual requirement for local law enforcement and was scheduled in the fall of 2017, prior to Wednesday’s deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where 17 students were killed. While Chief Moya doesn’t believe the most recent mass shooting adds more pressure to the training session, he hopes it does add a realness to the event.
Tuesday’s active shooter training was actually the first session in more than a decade that Chief Moya can recall being held at an actual school and not at a mock training site. The training scenarios included identifying the threat of a shooter, hostage situation response, and responding to injured individuals while still in a hostile environment.
The training session was expected to last from about 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Chief Moya wants this training session to prepare local first responders for a situation he hopes will never happen.