SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — AHS Sherman Medical Center (formerly known as Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center) hosted active shooter training courses this week.

"The training we provide is geared for the true first responder that's going to be there... that's the officer out there on the street doing the job every day," said instructor Pat Straker.

Friday was the fifth and final day of active shooter training at the hospital. The classes were conducted by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Team.

"There's not enough stress on occulation training that's being provided for most departments," Straker said. "And when situations like this, when they do occur — and unfortunately, they keep happening — it's extremely important that officers are at least exposed to how to come in there and manage this problem."

The main operational goals of ALERRT are to stop the shooting and to provide medical assistance for anyone who is injured.

"This has been a great week," said Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Daron Blackerby. "We've done some live fire drills; we've done some Simunition drills, some Simunition training, incorporated different types of scenarios."

The class strives to provide training, not only for first responders both on and off duty.

"It's very very important for us, because we're engaged in our communities, in schools, and some kind of sporting event where we may have to respond in plain clothes," Blackerby said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety, Gainesville police and state game wardens all participated in the class.

"There's what? 168 hours during the week? You're probably only working about 40 of those, give or take, so you're off duty a lot more than you're on duty," Straker said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has mandated that every two years, law enforcement officers must go through 16 hours of active shooter training, facilitated by the ALERRT program.