UNION COUNTY — Law enforcement and other emergency response agencies from four counties will take part in an “Active Shooter Exercise” at Union County High School Thursday morning.
“It will be toned out like a real incident,” Union County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Director Rob Fraim said Tuesday. “We will say ‘Standby for this exercise, this drill’ and then we will tone it out like it was real.”
Fraim said the exercise is designed to help prepare law enforcement and other emergency personnel so that if something like a mass shooting were to occur, they would be ready to respond to it quickly and efficiently with each responder knowing what they have to do and able to do it in cooperation with the others. In addition, Fraim said that toning it out like a real emergency will also test the 911 system to make sure everybody required to respond to the incident is alerted simultaneously.
Those agencies participating in the exercise include:
• Union County Sheriff’s Office
• Union County EMS
• Union County 911
• Union Public Safety Department including both law enforcement and firefighting
• Philippi Fire Department
• Monarch Fire Department
• Kelly-Kelton Fire Department
• Southside Fire Department
• Jonesville Fire Department
• Bonham Fire Department
• Spartanburg County EMS
• Spartanburg Regional Medical Center
• Union Medical Center
• Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office
• Cherokee County Emergency Management
• Jonesville Police Department
• Chester County Emergency Management
• The Union and Union County SRTs (Special Response Teams)
In addition, Fraim said the Union County School District will be participating as well, with UCHS students and faculty members serving as the “victims” of the mass shooting. Fraim said that the exercise “will simulate people getting shot, with at least thirty-something casualties or victims” and that the victims will be sent to Union Medical Center and, if necessary, Ellen Sagar Nursing Center. He said Ellen Sagar Nursing Center will be conducting a “lockdown” exercise of its own during the Active Shooter Exercise, but will also take part in the event at the high school by taking in victims if there is an “overflow” of victims at Union Medical Center.
Also, Fraim said that the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management will be bringing a drone to fly over the site and take pictures during the exercise.
Regional One will also take part in the exercise and Fraim said it will also provide food for participants after the exercise is completed and the debriefing held. He said the entire exercise should be concluded by lunchtime.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.