EHS Criminal Justice Classes Organize Active Shooter Drill


Emery County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

Nearly 80 law enforcement, EMS and fire personnel responded to Emery High School the morning of March 22, 2018, to participate in an active shooter drill orchestrated by the students in Deputy Shaun Bell’s criminal justice classes.

The criminal justice students and softball team were the nearly 75 actors/participants in the exercise with the rest of the campus being on lockdown. Law enforcement agencies participating or observing were ECSO, UHP, AP&P, DNR/DWR, Carbon County Sheriff’s Office and Price City Police Department. Emery County EMS responded with ambulances, treating injuries on scene and transporting patients to Emery Medical Center. Local fire department members responded to block traffic, aid in securing the perimeter and to help move the injured.

The exercise moved along quickly because of a time limit and was high stress due to multiple shooters, a blaring fire alarm and moulage wounds on the victims.

Skills practiced and lessons learned are vital to our first responders, and the best way to test performance is to practice. A big thanks to Emery School District for recognizing the importance of this type of training and allowing first responders to practice in their schools for the past 12 years. Also a big thanks to Emery Medical Center and ambulance personnel who took time to visit the criminal justice classes to talk to the students prior to the exercise and who responded in force.

ECSO appreciates the willingness of other law enforcement agencies to participate in these exercises as we train to protect our most valuable assets: our children.

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