School leaders learn how to handle hostage situations

WICHITA, Kansas – School security leaders got trained in how to handle a hostage situation.

Representatives from dozens of area schools joined other schools from around the nation for a video conference.

Organizers say the bottom line is to have the best emergency response, no matter what the situation is.

“Today we’re talking about a hostage incident, tomorrow it could be a tornado, a flood or a terrorist related incident,” said Randy Duncan, Director of the Sedgwick County Emergency Management. “The issue is we want to save lives and protect property where we can when there’s an emergency going on.”

Duncan said it’s much easier to work through crisis scenarios in training than to figure them out during a real-life crisis.

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