THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- The Thomasville Police Department along with numerous other local agencies practiced responding to a shooter in a school Thursday night. The department held the active shooter training in Brown Middle School. Multiple scenarios were set up to test officers, deputies, and emergency personnel on this kind of threat.
"This was our opportunity to actually throw different scenarios at our officers and at our partners and just to see how we would work together, how we would respond and how we would handle and get through a lot of these things," Thomasville Police Chief Jeff Insley said.
There were armed intruders, multiple victims and even some fake bombs planted around the building. Officers had to find the shooters and help victims get out of the building safely.
"It tested everything. So, it was as close to realistic I think as we could make it," Insley said.
The training also tested how well of the different agencies could work together. Other agencies that participated in the training included Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Thomasville Fire Department, Davidson County EMS, Fairgrove Fire Department, Pilot Fire Department and Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center.
Chief Insley said officers used Airsoft guns to practice and firecrackers to resemble some of the noises they could hear when responding to an active shooter. He said the department rarely has to use this training, but it's still so important to do.
"Something that yeah, we don't use all the time, but it's good to test it, it's good to keep it at its readiness that in the event we get that surprise call the guys are ready to deal with it and handle it the way they need to," he said.
Training didn't end Thursday night. Insley said the department will spend the next couple of days looking at its response to the scenarios to see if anything can be improved. He also said it will look at whether it needs different equipment.