LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Lubbock ISD hosted a full-scale active shooter training exercise Monday for local law enforcement officers and first responders.
The exercise trained participants in an active shooter scenario. This mock active shooter training is a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional activity involving actual deployment of resources in a coordinated response, as if a real incident has occurred.
Volunteers included a mix of students and adults playing different roles, most trying to flee the building. A total of 20 volunteers wore makeup to imitate blood as if they were victims of gunshot wounds.
The training event was held at Lubbock High School, Dupre Elementary School, the LISD Central Office and the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
More than 12 city agencies, including Lubbock Police, Lubbock Fire and Rescue, and EMS worked together, including sending out special equipment like LPD and LSO Bomb Squad and several engines and ambulances.
“The hostile intent part was at the Lubbock High School campus and there was the reunification part at the Civic Center for Lubbock ISD employees to get parents back with kids. Half of them were pretending to be kids and half of them were here for the re-unification part to act as staff," said Shaun Fogerson, Chief of Lubbock Fire and Rescue.
"What we did- the Fire Department and the Lubbock Police Department-- what we did was get together to form a task force to go in and save savable lives. Across the country, we’ve seen again and again people died inside the school, who bled to death and they had survivable wounds...but because there was a delay around the country, and getting them out of the school and in care, they lost their lives.”
Stacy Carter, the Director of School Safety and Security for Lubbock ISD, had a huge role today in organizing the drill and says that in real-life, all of the agencies that were on-board today would be necessary in a real situation.
“The amount of first responders that would arrive in an active shooter incident. I think people feel like it’s a little overwhelming and that there’s going to be a lot of casualties when they see people coming in. But, just know that’s a typical response. The other piece of that is the reunification piece, just the importance of staying away from the site where the incident is occurring and waiting for that notification of where we’re going to be reuniting families.
An LBK Alert was sent out to notify the public about the drill. This is the same system that would notify the public if a real-life threat occurred.