Active Shooter Drill is a Success

Active Shooter Drill is a Success
Posted on 07/27/2018

CITY OF SUFFOLK NEWS RELEASE
(July 27, 2018)

The Suffolk Police Department,  Suffolk Fire & Rescue, Suffolk Sheriff’s Office and Suffolk Public Schools participated in a series of full-scale active shooter training drills on Thursday, July 26, 2018 to test response times, capabilities and cooperation.
 

As defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, an active shooter is “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.”

All told, more than one hundred first responders and role players participated in the drills which took place at King’s Fork High School, located at 351 Kings Fork Road, selected due to its size and central location. 

During the course of the exercise scenarios police entered the building to apprehend the single gunman and secure the facility, followed by rescue units who worked quickly to provide emergency medical assessment and treatment before then mock staging the transport of gunshot “victims”. To enhance the drills and provide real-world situations, student volunteers including members of the King’s Fork High School football team fled from the building as first responders were entering in several drills, adding to the chaos emergency personnel encounter in similar circumstances.  

A planning committee had worked for months developing and coordinating the scenario, plans, goals and objectives involved with the drills.  

The training drills were followed by debriefings where participants gathered to assess responses to the situation. 

The overarching lesson learned is how partnerships contribute to the ability of public safety personnel to respond to such tragic instances.   While each entity is tasked with their own responsibilities in such incidents, the ability to communicate and work together in such dangerous and emotionally harrowing situations is imperative. 

Joint training exercises such as these are invaluable to all involved and will continue in the future as having these relationships established before an incident occurs can help speed up the response and ultimately save lives. 


SUFFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS NEWS RELEASE:

The drill was observed by dozens of school administrators which will allow in-depth discussions on how to protect students and staff in all city school buildings.

In an actual emergency, families would have been notified as soon as possible using a variety of communication tools -- the division's School Messenger notification system would send phone calls, emails and texts ... and its new mobile app would also be deployed. 

Sign up now for the mobile app (more information on this site's NEWS section).  It also very important for families to keep the school updated with phone number changes and emergency contact information.  To receive a text, you should contact the division's pulbic information officer Bethanne Bradshaw at bethannebradshaw@spsk12.net to discuss. 

The school division has strengthened its safety measures this year.  All schools now have controlled access door systems, and a full-time safety monitor.

 

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