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Connecticut police departments train for mass shootings

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A mass shooting like the one in San Bernardino could happen anywhere, especially places like Groton. (WFSB) A mass shooting like the one in San Bernardino could happen anywhere, especially places like Groton. (WFSB)
GROTON, CT (WFSB) -

A mass shooting like the one in San Bernardino could happen anywhere, especially places like Groton.

Groton is a unique place, and is home to the submarine base, Electric Boat, UConn Avery Point, and where a major interstate and Northeast Corridor rail run.

Groton Police Chief Louis Fusaro Jr. said his department must be trained and equipped to neutralize any situation.

The department, along with surrounding support from state and federal agents, has the same tactical equipment and training as San Bernardino officers did on Wednesday during a mass shooting.

"No longer is it a sit and wait situation where police departments in the past might respond to an incident wait for a tactical element to arrive,” Fusaro said, adding that he was in charge of the Connecticut State Police Tactical Squad when Adam Lanza killed his mother and 26 others at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in 2012.

Since then, Fusaro said Connecticut police departments all communicate the same way, getting the same training when it comes to active shooter incidents.

"Officers today are trained so that when there is an active shooter incident the first responding officers have the capabilities to engage a suspect almost immediately,” Fusaro said.

Along with training comes support, weapons, vests, and technology that allows all responders to communicate with each other.

"We have our medical kit with oxygen, we have our AED System, stop sticks, our life raft,” said Groton Police Sgt. Nick Parham.

"I think that's what we're seeing now. Departments are working closer together. Where something happens in one community they can rely on resources from another community,” Fusaro said.

He added that sharing resources is key.

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