“This will be styled after what would we do if an active shooter attacked one of our campuses,” he added. “We’ve been planning for this the past two-and-a-half to three months.”
While the Sandy Hook massacre and Boston Marathon bombing certainly raised awareness, Sullivan noted this drill came to the forefront “when the West, Texas, disaster occurred. The focus is on, ‘Where are we now?’”
While future exercises could involve more area entities, the chief said this exercise will be a “scaled emergency response” to an active shooter incident at the Mineral Wells High School, utilizing National Incident Management System model and existing response plans.
Sullivan explained that a safety zone is being established to prevent by-standers from inadvertently becoming involved in the exercise. He said immediate access and traffic to the site will be detoured at S.E. Industrial Parkway at Ram Boulevard.
Again, he wants to remind all citizens “this is only a drill.”