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First responders practice for active shooter scenario in Paso Robles

Posted: 6:45 PM, Aug 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-14 22:07:06-04
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The Paso Robles police and fire departments on Wednesday practiced their response to a potential active shooter situation.

The drill was held at Bauer Speck Elementary School, which is currently undergoing renovations.

"We set this drill up so we can both train on what we would do in an active shooter scenario," explained Commander Caleb Davis, Paso Robles Police Department. "As the world we live in, scenarios change. We've had a lot of information and data come out of all these incidents that have occurred, so we're trying to take that information and put it into a practical sense so we can be as ready as possible if something like that happens in our city."

"It's just a different mentality nowadays because we know that there's victims in there actively bleeding and seconds matter, and so we're taking every opportunity to train for fire type incidents as well as active shooter and mass casualty incidents," said Battalion Chief Randy Harris, Paso Robles Fire Department.

Some Paso Robles Joint Unified School District students participated in the drill, acting as victims.

"The fact that that could happen like while we're in school is like really scary that we actually have to practice for these things in life. It's just kind of sad that that has to happen," said Brooke Lewis and Ella Tobin.

Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services says it was already planning for the active shooter drill before the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting.