On Tuesday, Snyder Police Department, Snyder Fire Department, Snyder ISD, Scurry County Sheriff's Department, Scurry County EMS, Western Texas College, Cogdell Memorial Hospital and other agencies participated in a drill at Snyder High School to refresh their skills.
"We had a planned scenario and the officers were unaware of it," says Scurry County Sheriff Trey Wilson. "We try to keep it as realistic as possible."
Volunteers were scattered throughout both levels of the school as victims. Even streets around the school were blocked off to provide a real-life situation. While deputies and officers were inside roaming the floors to diffuse the situation, medical responders were outside waiting to treat victims.
"Unfortunately school shootings are part of reality today and so we want to stay ahead as far as emergency response," adds Wilson.
The county conducts drills on a regular basis, but this is the first active shooting drill in seven years. It is mandatory by state to hold drills periodically in order to receive grants, says Wilson.
According to the organization Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, there were 28 cases of school shootings in 2013.
Wilson says everyone did well overall, but still has room for improvement. At the end of the 1 1/2 hour long drill, all agencies briefed on some of their strengths and weaknesses.
"We learn from having these, which is the point, so we can get better," Wilson said.
Snyder I.S.D. which allowed the agencies to hold the drill was also able to practice their emergency procedures during a school shooting.
There is no word on when the next drill will be. Students return to school Monday, August 25th.
(Information from BigCountryHomepage.com)