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School shootings here at home and nationwide  are putting a new focus on training. After the standoff in Midland City where a bus driver was killed and  a five year old held hostage for seven days, the State Department of Education announced a mandate instructing all schools to hold intruder and active shooter drills twice a year.

School systems have drilled students on lockdowns for years, but with an increase in school shootings - across the U.S. and- here at home, active shooter training is now an essential part of every child's school year. 

"We're actually having our personnel go into the schools with the simulated dangers that might be there so they can get as real world of an experience as they can get," Rusty Lowe, Hoover Fire Department said.

"The state mandate for the two drills, I think is great, but any school that wants to do more, I think that is excellent as well," Mo Canady, Executive Director, National Association of School Resource Officers said. "It reinforces the students, faculty, and staff of what they're supposed to be doing during an event."

The National Association of School Resource Officers is headquartered in Hoover. It's director tells us after recent school shootings, the demand for training is higher than ever.

"We have experience in the last nine weeks an absolute doubling of our training," Canady said. "It's more than doubled in terms of requests."

The director says, they train school officers on 'what to do' when a gunman comes on campus.  The need for those SRO's was proven this week at Chelsea Middle where he negotiated with the gunman even before law enforcement could arrive.

"The SRO knows what their role is in that type of situation," Canady said. "It's to respond and try to end it before anyone is injured or any lives are lost."

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