Drill simulates active shooter scenario

January 24, 2011 8:20:56 PM PST
The Wake County Public School System, along with fifteen law enforcement and emergency response agencies and organizations, tested combined planning and reaction capacities in a simulated attack on a combined elementary and middle school campus Monday afternoon.

The drill, which took place at Dillard Drive Elementary and Middle schools, simulated a major crisis with an active shooter at the schools.

Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore said, “Preparedness exercises are key to maintaining the level of safety our citizens expect. We look forward to participating in the county’s crisis response drill and working with our neighboring agencies to better our unified response.”

The exercise ran from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tested agencies’ abilities to communicate and execute responsibilities during a serious incident.

“Our security team has been working with other agencies for many months to plan this exercise,” said Wake County Public School System’s interim superintendent Donna Hargens. “It’s reassuring to know that all of these professionals are working together to provide the best security for our students.”

Agencies and organizations that participated in the drill included Cary Police, Fire and EMS, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Wake County Sheriff’s Department, Wake County EMS, Emergency Management, Raleigh Police and Fire Departments, and Rocky Mount Police.

No students were at the schools, as Monday was scheduled as a teacher workday.

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