COWETA, Okla. — Coweta Public Schools hosted the ASHER, or Active Shooter Hostile Event Response, exercises today.
With the rise of school shootings over the past few years, drills like this are important to prepare for active shooting incidents.
During the scenario, officers had to find and neutralize the threat of two people playing the part of active shooters.
Rescue task force teams than began evacuating the volunteers playing critically wounded, killed, non-critically wounded and non-wounded out of the incident area as quickly as possible.
Officers tell us they expected to make some mistakes, but this practice helps them prepare for the future.
Jeff Holmes, Superintendent of Coweta Public Schools, tells us they have multiple drills per year.
These drills combine police, fire and EMS to practice how to respond and work together if an active shooting were to occur.
Holmes tells us "We are always practicing, we have plans on a shelf but those plans don’t do us any good on a shelf so we need to keep looking to see what those plans really mean”.
Along side first responders a group of fifty students volunteered for the drill as well.
All of the agencies involved will continue to analyze the outcomes of today’s training exercise to identify opportunities for improvement, and ultimately to find more ways to save lives in a mass casualty event.
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