First responders train for active shooter situations at Grissom High

Police, firefighters and paramedics worked to sharpen their skills Wednesday.

Posted: Jul 18, 2018 5:17 PM

As we get ready to kick off a new school year, first responders from all around Huntsville trained for an active shooter situation at Grissom High School. This included firefighters, police, school officials and paramedics from HEMSI.

The day started off with a call going out over police scanners or an active shooter at the school.

The first step included first responders meeting at the command post where they assessed the situation.

Officials decided to modify the first step of training since normally a school resource officer would have already responded followed by school officials sending out a message for parents about the situation letting them know where to pick up their students. After, they notified parents whose kids were injured.

That's the normal procedure, and Lt. Michael Johnson with Huntsville Police told WAAY 31 communication is key and that's where the command post comes in.

"What goes on at the command post is the utilization of resources and the prioritization of those resources," Johnson said. "What do you need? How much of it do you need? When do you need it? That's critical about the command post. It helps dispatchers at the 911 center because all of those communications are transferred to the command post. So the other part of the city can concentrate on the city and what else does the city need."

Huntsville City Schools officials said another step in their plan is to pull up the security camera system inside the school from a van at the command post. That way officers and firefighters can see what's going on inside the school.

After it was all said and done they broke down what worked and what didn't.

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