Active Shooter drills coming to Elma Schools this weekend

Several local law enforcement and fire departments are partnering with the Elma School District for two “Active Shooter” response drills in East County.

There will be two drills: Sunday December 4th and Sunday December 18, 2016.

The drills will encompass most of each day from about 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The drill will include two school locations: Elma Elementary School at 1235 Monte-Elma Road and at 1011 West Main Street.

The Hoquiam Police Department says the purpose of the drill is to practice the interface between a law enforcement response to an active shooter with fire/ EMS protocols designed to quickly locate and extract victims.

The intent behind the drill is for the sheriff’s office, area police departments and fire/ EMS agencies to practice organizing a response to an active shooter incident.

The drill, repeated over two separate days with different personnel, is designed to test Incident Command concepts, communication challenges, efficient and effective use of available local resources and to help train first-responders and school personnel.

On December 18th, the drill will also include Summit Pacific Medical Center so they can practice their mass casualty protocols.

Volunteers will be used to simulate an active shooter scenario at Elma High School.

Citizens should expect local road closures or delays, loud sounds and a pronounced police and fire presence at both the elementary school and high school.

Law enforcement and fire participants will not be moving at full speed, but citizens will see emergency vehicles responding with lights and sirens at times.

There is no reason for alarm or concern; however, Main Street in front of Elma High School will be closed from Division Street to 13th Street during the day.

Citizens are asked to stay clear of both schools during the event as the drill areas are kept secure for the safety of all the participants.

Anyone with questions or concerns should contact the designated drill Incident Management Team Public Information Officers: Chief at 360-532-0892 x 105 or jmyers@cityofhoquiam.com or Chief Susan Shultz at 360-482-3131 or chief@cityofelma.com.

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