Posted: Feb 26, 2014 4:07 PM by Jason Newton
Updated: Feb 26, 2014 7:04 PM
CENTRAL, La. - Emergency crews prepared for the worst Wednesday in a very realistic "what if" scenario of an active shooter inside the old Central Middle School.
"At anytime (a) call can come into 911 for active shooter at church, school, mall," said Capt. Derek Glover, Central Fire Department. "So we want to be prepared."
The sights and sounds looked real, but it was only a drill. A multi-agency training exercise underway Wednesday morning, involving the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, East Baton Rouge EMS, Central Fire Department, Eastside Fire Department and District 6 Fire department, focused on a shooting inside the old school building.
"These training scenarios help us a lot because these situations occur," said Mike Chustz, with East Baton Rouge EMS. "And if it does, we want to be ready."
A makeshift triage was set up inside an old classroom, serving as the point of command for medical emergencies. Central High students and even a sheriff's deputy served as casualties.
"The medics don't know what the scenarios are until the incident starts," Chustz said. "So they can't pre-plan what they are going to do to make it look good."
After the students were cleared out and the area secured, a debriefing was held to go over all the details of what mistakes were made and what to learn from.
"Many go through their whole careers and never have a call with multiple patients," Chustz said. "But when it happens you got to be ready."
It took more than two months to organize Wednesday's active shooter drill.