By Chiara MattiroloFebruary 16, 2011
2/16/2011 CAMP DARBY, Italy- The banging sound of guns being shot into an empty building were loud enough to set off the fire alarm made the scene of the active shooter training in Camp Darby realistic. Camp Darby\'s 511th Military Police Company conducted active shooting training in the old soldier's barracks building to learn how to be more efficient in reacting to a real situation.
"The Soldiers are practicing simulating different scenarios to cover most of the unexpected threats that can possibly rise" said Staff Sgt. Robert Everly, Military Police Operations Sergeant.
Prior to this training, the MPs were briefed on the proper response techniques and on the scenario they were facing. Everly added that this training is very important to enforce the prompt reaction of the Military Police to better protect the community.
"It is important for the community to have better prepared soldiers in case of a real threat," said Sgt. Raymond Collazo.
According to Everly, this training is an addition to the Military Police federal law enforcement training at the academy which keeps them up to date for what may concern the new threats.
"We learn a lot and get the feeling on how we should react in a real life situation, reacting better and reducing the casualties" said Spec. Charles Allen.
The training was also extended to the Camp Darby civilian population to promote security and awareness. "It is essential that the entire workforce is trained on active shooter," said Everly. "They will be trained on what the MPs are looking for and on what information it is important that they provide if ever caught in that situation."
"If the civilians are aware of how we respond it will make our job easier and help them too," explained Allen.
Teachers and staff at Livorno Unit Elementary and Middle School are among some of the many who have received this training.
"This instruction offered us an opportunity to take the time to reflect on what should be done to get the children safe at the shortest time," said School Principal Daniel Serfass. "History shows how important it is to keep our children safe both emotionally and physically."
"The more knowledge we have the better service we can provide," added Stephanie Boyanowski, teacher.