Multi-agency active shooter training at Safford High School

Ethan Curtis, Mikel Morris and Duncan Walker show off their fake wounds.

Area law enforcement agencies and other first responders participated in an active shooter training scenario at Safford High School last Friday.

Roads adjacent to the high school were blocked off during the training exercise.

The training was coordinated by Lifeline Ambulance supervisor Rylee Woods. The participating agencies included; Safford Police, Thatcher Police, Graham County Sheriff’s Office, Pima Police, Graham County Search and Rescue, Lifeline Ambulance and the Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center.

Safford High School staff and approximately 50 student volunteers participated in the exercise. Some students were decked out with wounds for the training exercise. Each participant had a designated role and the wounds corresponded to the role they were playing. The victims also had labels so that when paramedics arrived they would know what status the individual was role playing – wounded or deceased.

The Safford High School media department shot video of the event which will be used for evaluation of the exercise as well as further training.