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Full-Scale School Shooter Exercise

Updated: Thursday, April 4 2013, 07:42 PM EDT
WESTERVILLE — When an intruder is on school grounds, seconds count.

Firefighters, police officers, health officials and even COTA bus drivers rushed to two local schools today.

They were conducting a full-scale exercise in the event of an actual active shooter.

Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland security, Columbus Public Health and more than a dozen other Central Ohio emergency agencies were on the scene at two schools Thursday morning.

While one crew responded to an incident at Central College Elementary School in Westerville, other first responders were in Grandview looking for the “shooter.”

“What we do is we plan,” Mike McNutt said, Columbus Public Health spokesperson. “We work together on a regular basis, so we can ensure the community is safe from incidents that could occur like this."

The exercise was funded by a Homeland Security grant to ensure local agencies can plan for large-scale events.

Reporter: Jen French
Web Producer: Kellie HannaFull-Scale School Shooter Exercise

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