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First responders get new equipment

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Craighead County Office of Emergency Management recently purchased some new equipment that's going to benefit Craighead County Law Enforcement and emergency responders.

Director of Craighead County Emergency Management, David Moore, says they purchased a number of different things through grants from Homeland Security. "We've received some equipment to better utilize emergency response assets in the county," Moore said. "We have what's called 'active shooter training equipment'. These are weapons that actually simulate what the officers carry. So, instead of just carrying a toy to practice with, when they pick this weapon up it has all the feel of a normal weapon. So, it's better training equipment."

Moore says this particular training equipment came highly recommended. "I've had a lot of reports nationwide," Moore said. "From different parts of the country that this is some excellent training equipment and we believe we're bringing cutting edge equipment to the Craighead County Sheriff's Department."

Moore says he's happy to see the equipment finally here. "This equipment has been a long time coming," Moore said. "Some of it was on back order, but I'm so proud to see it here because I want to see it utilized."

Moore says the active shooter training equipment is particularly important to officers in training. "When an officer walks into a dangerous situation," Moore said. "Especially with an active shooter, he really needs to have that training background. Not looking at a video screen or something like that. Where he's familiar, man on man."

Moore says they also purchased an ID system that will help them identify and track first responders during a major disaster. "We can print ID cards for first responders within the county," Moore said. "It's not just a plastic badge that hangs on your chest that tells you who you are. We're able to gather training information and things like that encoded into the bar code badge. It will tell what type of training someone has."

Moore says these badges will add to response efficiency and speed in a disastrous situation. "We don't want someone who doesn't have the proper training to walk into a dangerous situation," Moore said. "We want to make sure they're going to be able to do the job they say they can."

The grant that made these purchases possible was the FY-09 Law Enforcement Grant Moore says they just closed out at the end of last year. The total grant was for $26, 000.

For more information about Craighead County Office of Emergency Management, you can log onto their website.

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