Madison authorities and school personnel drill for an ‘active shooter’ scenario

MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Tuesday morning, James Clemons High School portrayed a scene that’s become all too common in the United States — a school shooting.

It was all made up — a scenario designed to test the reactions of emergency responders in Madison.

Police officer, firefighters, ambulance crews, and school personnel met up around six o’clock to act out an “active shooter” drill.  They all knew it was a practice, but they didn’t know the details of the staged threat.

“There were two gunmen that entered the school, began assaulting people, detonated an explosive device and officers were tasked with responding and making the correct decisions,” said Madison Police Captain John Stringer.

Stringer was an evaluator for the exercise.  Simply put, he was happy with how everyone on the scene responded to the made-up scenario.

“The officers responded according to their training,” said Stringer.  “They went in, they engaged the threat, they eliminated the threat.  One was actually wounded and taken into custody, the other entered a hostage situation was completely neutralized.”

With a real school shooting incident as recent as last month at a high school in Oregon, Stringer says this training has to be done.

“We have school shootings with casualties, I hate to say it, on a regular basis.  So we want to make sure that we’re training like we need to and that we’re training the teachers too to respond the right way,” said Stringer.

About 30 police officers participated, firefighters came with a truck and crew and hemsi was on scene with an ambulance and medics.

Right now, authorities in Madison conduct a drill like this once a year.  Stringer said school officials want to do them more often.



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