Our first responders got a chance to practice for a worst-case scenario at two local schools today.
At Bennett Elementary in Wolfforth, emergency response teams simulated a school shooting. At Ed Irons middle school in Lubbock, there was a simulated bomb threat.
All this so local police, EMS crews, and fire departments could see what it would be like to work together in the event of a real emergency.
Officials made it the scene as real as they could, with some students portrayed as wounded and others trying to escape the building.
Sheriff's Department Major Cody Scott says learning to work together is what the exercise was all about.
"The exercise is set up to see how the emergency responders come together, how they coordinate together in a unified command, and just to see if there's any places that there are any gaps that we need to fill in, that we need to work on before...just in preparation for any actual event that may occur," Scott said.
The drills are done about every five years, and the county receives federal grant money for these practice runs.