Etowah County law enforcement agencies are on high ALERRT, but just for training. Three Etowah County agencies trained together today to take down an active shooter while also providing emergency care to any would-be victims. The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, or ALERRT, is state standardized training that is meant to coordinate the response efforts from law enforcement, fire departments, and paramedics, reducing overall response time.
Sheriff's Office Sergeant Stephen Hooks says that during an active shooter event, time is paramount. 28 officers and deputies from the Sheriff's Office, Altoona Police, and Glencoe Police participated in the training hosted at Gadsden State Community College. Sheriff Todd Entrekin says the training is important because a mass shooting can happen anywhere and at any time.