EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPolice Agencies In Boyd County Train For Worst-Case Scenarios
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Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Jul. 16, 2013 5:24 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 17, 2013 9:27 AM EDT
Ashland , Boyd County , Kentucky
Robin Barber is a school secretary Verity Middle School in Boyd County, Kentucky. Tuesday morning, she played a part in what she said is a worst-case scenario for an school system.
"Being down, hearing the gun shots, and knowing that there's actually something going on, and you don't have any control, you're at the mercy of the gunman, it was really scary," Barber described. She was one of about sixty school employees who teamed up with law enforcement from all over Boyd County for a mock active-shooter scenario at Charles Russell Elementary school in Ashland.
Ashland Police Chief Robert Ratliff said, "Everybody is being tested here today."
It was a full-scaled mock emergency in the quiet Ashland neighborhood, with shots fired in the school and sirens blaring as multiple agencies responded.
"It's an opportunity for us to come together here today and learn in a scenario-based setting than it is to be thrown into a real incident and have to learn from that," said Ratliff.
Agencies from all over Boyd County participated. Boyd County Emergency Medical Services Executive Director Tom Adams said, "It gives us the opportunity to get to know each other a little better, how we work together, and helps us to pre-plan."
Dozens of school employees also got the hands-on experience to be better prepared for their students. Barber said, "You work for the kids. You want them to feel safe and loved and protected."
They're trying to figure out what's working and what needs work. "This is just a first step in a continuation of a refinement of a plan and of a response on all the agencies," said Adams.
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