FBI hosts active shooter training in Augusta

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Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

ATLANTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A two-day conference in Augusta discussed best practices and services available during an active shooter response, according to an FBI press release.

Approximately 200 law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services (EMS) leaders, school administrators and staff gathered to discuss lessons learned from certain incidents, according to the release.

The release states a tabletop exercise was held on Friday to simulate a scenario in order to discuss response strategy, anticipated challenges or potential obstacles.

"As background for this training, on January 12, 2013, new federal legislation (the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2012) was signed as part of a response to recent tragic events, to include the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut," according to the release. "This legislation authorizes certain federal agencies, to include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to provide assistance in responding to those violent acts and shootings that occur in a place of public as well as critical incidents considered mass killings and/or attempted mass killings."

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