THIS IS A DRILL – THIS IS A DRILL – THIS IS A DRILL!
During October, on a date yet to be announced, Lamar County First Responders will participate in an ‘active shooter’ drill that will be as “real” as it gets.
Over the past few months, all emergency services from the City of Paris and Lamar County have been participating in active shooter response training and the next step is to expose all responders to a drill which will be as “real” as possible
“By ‘real’ we mean dispatch centers will be sending responders to an active shooter call over the radio,” said Paris Chief of Police Bob Hundley, “People will be role players at the scene of the shooting in which some will have minor wounds, severe wounds and some will portray casualty’s.”
There will also be a rescue operation, active triage, and transport to Paris Regional Medical Center.
“PRMC will be participating in the drill as well as an exercise of their mass casualty/emergency plans,” said Hundley.
Hundley said it is going to sound real and that is the point.
“There will be law enforcement, fire service, and EMS actively responding to and working the scene,” he added, “Patients will be transported, roads around the scene blocked with emergency vehicles on scene.”
Once the drill is over each discipline will be evaluated on the response and actions taken.
“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.”
Hundley wants the citizens of Paris to be aware of the drill taking place ahead of time. The exact time, date and location will be announced soon.