Greenport Fire Department holds drill in case of school shooting

The drill scenario was that dozens of students at Greenport High School were under fire by an active shooter during a pep rally.

News 12 Staff

Jun 4, 2022, 4:24 PM

Updated 685 days ago

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The Greenport Fire Department hosted a Multi-Agency Mass Casualty exercise on Saturday with the focus on first responders responding to a school shooting.
The drill scenario was that dozens of students at Greenport High School were under fire by an active shooter during a pep rally.
“The key for us on the active shooter drill side of it is the speed in which we can get to the school, in which we can make entry into the school, in which we can neutralize the shooter in the school,” Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley told News 12.
The drill gave multiple agencies the chance to work on team communication and coordination skills.
“Everyone from the top down, from the command structure all the way down to the providers on the field,” added Second Asstistant Chief Craig Johnson, Greenport Fire Department. “It’s going to give us an opportunity to really test that ability from multiple departments working in one giant group.”
“We’re a paramilitary organization,” says Chip Bancroft, a training manager of the Greenport Fire Department. “So, we follow commands. We take it. There should be no arguing on the scene. Just take it, flow and go with it. And that’s what we’re working on."
This drill was recorded with a drone. The first responders will review the footage as part of their training to respond to every emergency possible.


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