Bartolotta: Tactical Response Training Improves Local Safety

WASHINGTON – Because of grant funding secured by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46), nearly 150 first responders in Beaver, Greene and Washington counties completed a three-day terrorism tactical response pilot program featuring trainers with decades of experience combating terrorism in Israel.

“We took a look at what we’re doing here in Pennsylvania around our schools, public buildings, courthouses and any place that may be a target for terrorism attacks,” Bartolotta said. “This training gives the very first responder to a scene the confidence, courage and ability to have the tools to save as many lives as possible. This is something we are really blessed to have experienced with this training.”

First responders completed the course through cooperation with local and state law enforcement, including police departments and sheriff’s offices from all three counties.

“You continually have to prepare for the worst-case scenario, and that’s what this training does for you. This particular training is very important. I would like to see more officers in Pennsylvania exposed to this training, this input, this ability to see things from a different perspective, and again, to put it in our toolbox and use it at a later time,” said Beaver County Sheriff Tony Guy.

The now vacant Canonsburg Middle School was used as a location to conduct tactical drills and building evaluations. Live ammunition drills were conducted at a gun range in Washington County.

The training focused on developing a mindset that improves confidence in individuals when engaging in security threatening incidents.

“My main goal for this training was to make the 46th District more secure, and my hope is that it is adopted by other districts in the commonwealth,” Bartolotta said.


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