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First responders simulate active shooter scenario in Las Vegas

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Law enforcement demonstrates how they would de-escalate an active shooter. (Ashley Conroy/FOX5) Law enforcement demonstrates how they would de-escalate an active shooter. (Ashley Conroy/FOX5)
Actors pretending to be victims lie on the ground and wait for emergency responders. (Ashley Conroy/FOX5) Actors pretending to be victims lie on the ground and wait for emergency responders. (Ashley Conroy/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

It's a scary scenario. A shooter enters your workplace, school or anyplace else with a large number of potential victims.

That's just what Nevada law enforcement and emergency responders staged during an active shooter demonstration Tuesday night at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Event organizers said it's comforting to know that police, firefighters and other first responders in Nevada are well prepared for such an incident.

"It's doesn't cater to one demographic or population. It can happen anywhere, and we, as EMS providers and fire personnel, need to be prepared," said Kim George, a paramedic who works at Lake Tahoe.

The demonstration was part of the EMS World Expo.

"Ultimately, we're demonstrating the ability of fire and law enforcement to work together to ultimately increase survivability of victims," said EMS World Expo spokesperson Ed Nichols.

Actors pretended to be injured and at the mercy of a gunman.

"What you'll see is an integrated response, where fire is joining a law enforcement response team rather than the staggered law goes in and we see fire follow," Nichols said.

Police demonstrated their plan for de-escalating an active shooter situation while emergency crews simulated their planned response to victims.

"Even though this was just a demonstration for expo attendees, it felt extremely real to me," said former Clark County Fire Public Information Officer Scott Allison.

Scott said that training today is much better than it was years ago, with faster response times, a higher likelihood victims will survive and techniques to encourage a shooter to retreat more quickly.

Organizers said communication between agencies is critical to de-escalating an active-shooter situation and that the best thing victims can do in such a scenario is call 911.

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