Training exercise prepares first responders for school safety - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/19/09

Training exercise prepares first responders for school safety

By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It is a parent's worst nightmare. You drop your child off at school only to get a phone call. It happened at both Columbine High School and at Virginia Tech, and Wednesday morning it hit here in Lubbock in a pretend training exercise.

The mock exercise looked very real, but it was only a full-scale training exercise that included emergency officials from across the county.

Frenship's Bennett Elementary School Principal Rhonda Dillard called a code red in at 9:05 a.m. Wednesday morning which put the whole school on lock down because an armed man was on the loose. Responders evacuated the building, triaged pretend patients, and took witness statements.

Officials say the training exercise gives them the opportunity to work together to prepare for the worst. "We have top notch people and parents can rest assure we are trained and capable and it adds to our security," says Lubbock County Judge Tom Head. A second drill, a bomb threat, was conducted at Irons Middle School.  

Outside officials observed first responder's performance and will report back if improvements can be made. NewsChannel 11 will bring you what it was like inside the school for the teachers who participated in the drill.

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