Tazewell County first responders conduct ‘mass casualty drill’

Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 8:08 PM EDT
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BLUEFIELD, Va. (WVVA) - On Wednesday, First responders rushed to Graham Middle School and jumped into action. However, nobody was in danger. The emergency service personnel on the scene were training to take action in the event of a mass shooting.

The goal was to make the drill as authentic as possible. Police utilized the help of volunteers to play victims and even used service weapons loaded with fake bullets to be as immersive as possible.

First responders are adding a new alert system to their arsenal to prevent greater casualties in a mass shooting event. It’s called the Rave app, it’s a panic button that can summon emergency services with just the touch of a button.

The drill also gave the opportunity for different agencies to collaborate with one another. Bluefield, Virginia Police Chief Shane Gunter said they review the drill in order to improve their response.

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