These days, you can't help but worry when you see a large gathering of Emergency Vehicles, especially when they're congregated around a playground or local school.

Angela Waye
Angela Waye

But in this case, it is not a situation we need to be concerned about.

According to the Orono Police Department Facebook Page, there will be an abundance of emergency service vehicles situated at the elementary school in town this coming week, but it is all part of a very beneficial training exercise.

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"We will be hosting ALLERT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) for their Active Attack Integrated Response class. The class will take place over the course of 4 days, August 15th-18th at the Asa Adams School. This is an integrated response class. The Orono Fire Department, Penobscot Regional Communications Center, and surrounding police departments will be taking part."

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The post goes on to say that there is no need to worry or become unnerved at the sight of all those first responders and vehicles gathered in one spot.

A blurred police car in the background behind yellow crime scene tape.

According to law enforcement professionals, most active shooter events usually last between 8 and 10 minutes. By the time most SWAT or tactical teams are called in, the event is well underway, if not over.

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The importance of training up the first responders is that they are usually the first ones on the scene, and have a better chance to control the situation and save lives.


That's what makes training events like the one scheduled in Orono next week so invaluable to our communities.

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