Rushville Republican

October 18, 2013

Active shooter exercise approaches

Realistic training involves multiple departments

By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — Following months of preparation and planning, a multi-agency training exercise will be held on the RCHS campus Wednesday. Rushville Chief of Police Craig Tucker and other organizers want to let the public know that from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, a number of law enforcement, medical personnel and other emergency responding departments will occupy a nearly four block area near and around the high school for training purposes.

“We don’t want to alarm people. This is not a ‘real’ emergency. It is only a training exercise,” Tucker said.

The four-hour training will focus on an active shooter on the premises and will be used as a template to in the event of an actual emergency of that nature.

According to Tucker, during the training exercise, a number of streets in the area will be closed: 11th Street at Sexton Street to Lions Path, 12th Street at Harrison Street, 13th Street at Park Boulevard, Poolside Drive to Sexton and 15th Street to Sexton Street.

“Essentially, it is the same road closure that was used during the July Grand Prix kart race held locally,” Tucker said.

City, law enforcement departments and school officials want to let residents know that although the training exercise will look realistic with the presence of emergency responders, it is strictly a simulation and not a real emergency.

“We will be using radios throughout the event and each transmission will start with a phrase to the effect the ‘this is a training exercise,’” Tucker said.

During the training, organizers are asking residents to avoid the surrounding blocks in close proximity to RCHS as no one will be allowed in the sealed off area.

Although city and county law enforcement and local and county volunteer departments will all participate in the training, should an actual emergency arise, the training exercise will be stopped so departments can respond to the actual emergency.

According to EMA Director Chuck Kemper, approximately 20 agencies will be a part of the training, including personnel from the Department Indiana Homeland Security, District 6.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.