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Emergency Response Teams Train in Orange County

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Law enforcement teams engaging in all day practice scenarios at Orange County High School. Law enforcement teams engaging in all day practice scenarios at Orange County High School.

Emergency response teams from across the state are in Orange County Friday on a mission to save lives. They're gathering to improve their response skills during various emergencies.

The Orange Sheriff’s Office, Orange Fire - EMS, Virginia State Police, Orange Police Department and Gordonsville Police Department are training all day on how to respond to and neutralize a shooter who enters a school.

Teams are engaging in practice scenarios in Orange County High School.  Organizers say the training gives law enforcement members a chance to prepare for situations other schools have had to address.

Major Michael LaCasse of the Orange County Sheriff's Office said, “We are testing our plans on how would we get injured people out of the school and how would we make the school safe.”

As part of the exercise some participants play students and teachers, others take notes to refine teamwork strategy. Twenty-five officers and volunteers are helping test plans. They will run several scenarios as if they are in a real response.

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