Local agencies to participate in 'active shooter' training exerc - Tucson News Now

Local agencies to participate in 'active shooter' training exercise

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SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Poston Butte High School campus in San Tan Valley will be closed Wednesday for what authorities call a full-scale active shooter exercise, conducted by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Members of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Southwest Ambulance, Rural/Metro Fire Department, Banner Ironwood Medical Center, Florence Hospital at Anthem, J.O. Combs Unified School District, Pinal County Office of Emergency Management, Town of Florence Police and Fire Department, the Town of Queen Creek Fire Department, Florence Poston Butte High School and Florence High School staff and students will practice their response to an active shooter inside a school during a school day.

The exercise is intended to help participants develop emergency response plans, policies and procedures as in the event of an active shooter incident.

The right northbound lane on Gantzel Road in front of the school in the 32000 block of N. Gantzel Road will also be blocked off during the exercise, starting at 8 a.m.

"Because of school shootings which have occurred in other parts of the country, it is imperative for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office to conduct this exercise to train with other agencies to ensure readiness for any type of emergencies in Pinal County," Sheriff Paul Babeu stated in a news release. "God forbid if we ever have an active shooter, our deputies will be trained and confident to respond to any threat or active shooter emergency."

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