The recent tragedy in Santa Fe is something no city or community wants to experience, but unfortunately it is something League City employees must be trained and prepared for. On Wednesday, June 5, members of various League City departments joined representatives from the Clear Creek Independent School District and the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office for a training exercise that involved an active-shooter scenario at a school.
League City Police, Fire, EMS, Public Works, Information Technology, Emergency Management, and the Communications Departments participated in the tabletop exercise which took place at the Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center. The scenario involved an active shooter at a high school with multiple casualties. Participants say the round table discussion was extremely productive and stressed the importance of collaboration and communication not only among City staff and departments but among agencies in our community.
“It was a good exercise,” said League City Fire Chief Gary Warren. “We got some good information and new ideas surrounding the critical functions that have to take place.”
The exercise provided participants with an opportunity to evaluate current response concepts, plans, and capabilities and took into account lessons learned from the recent school shooting in Santa Fe. A second, on-site exercise is being planned between the groups for later this summer, before the start of school.
“Any time you can sit down and connect with the major players behind a hyper-sensitive issue such as school safety, it’s a good day for all of us, “said Clear Creek ISD Superintendent Greg Smith.