Officials stage active shooter exercise at Ravenwood H.S. - WKRN News 2

Officials stage active shooter exercise at Ravenwood H.S.

Posted: Updated: July 2, 2013 07:31 AM

Local officials will facilitate a full-scale active shooter exercise with mass causalities at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood Tuesday.

More than 100 police officers, firefighters and volunteers will be on campus for the event.

Captain Russ Peterson, the Emergency Management Coordinator for the city of Brentwood, said in a release that the purpose of the exercise is to evaluate the operation capabilities of agencies to manage an active shooter incident.

"We will be assessing performance in several areas including unified command, interoperable communications, threat mitigation and the management of mass causalities," Peterson explained.

On Tuesday, the mock shooting will begin with an initial 911 call.

Everyone knows about the drill but not all the details so there will still be an element of surprise.

One of the reasons officials chose Ravenwood is because it has a second story, which makes the drill more challenging.

Five years ago, Franklin and Brentwood police had a similar drill, but it was much smaller and held at Freedom Middle School.  That scenario involved three angry gunmen.

Brentwood Fire Chief Brian Goss' two children attend Ravenwood High School.  He told Nashville's News 2 it's always important to be prepared.

"Obviously, we hope and pray it would never happen here, but if it did, I would feel more comfortable knowing that at least we're prepared to intervene as quickly and as effectively and as efficiently as possible," Goss explained.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.  The exercise commences at 1:30 p.m.  A post-incident review will be held around 3:30 p.m.

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