“This is a drill. This is a drill. This is a drill.”
These words may soon be heard over police radio scanners in early October as local emergency services partake in more active shooter response training, according to Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley.
The time, date and location of the training has not yet been announced, Hundley said Wednesday in a statement warning those who have police radio scanners that the drill will sound like the real thing.
“‘Real’ means dispatch centers will be sending responders to an active shooter call over the radio,” Hundley said. “People will be role players at the scene of the shooting in which some will have minor wounds, severe wounds and some will portray casualties. There will be a rescue operation, active triage and transport to our local hospital.”
Paris Regional Medical Center is participating in the drill that will include an exercise of its own mass casualty and emergency plans, Hundley said.
“It is going to sound real and that is the point,” the police chief said. “There will be law enforcement, fire service and EMS actively responding to and working the scene. Patients will be transported, roads around the scene (will be) blocked with emergency vehicles on scene. Each discipline will be evaluated on the response and actions taken.”
The upcoming training continues the efforts of local emergency service to test their plans. In June, emergency responders participated in an active shooter training at Travis High School of Choice. The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training in which they participated is a 40-hour course that prepares law enforcement and EMS personnel to respond to active shooter scenarios. Once participants finish the course, they can then provide a 16-hour course to their departments using ALERRT equipment and support from the offices at Texas State University and training facility in San Marcos.
“The next step is to expose all responders to a drill which will be as ‘real’ as possible,” Hundley said Wednesday. “What the first responders learn in training and then drill on that training will provide them the ability to do the best job they can — when it isn’t a drill.”
For information, call the Paris Police Department at 903-784-6688.