Safety Drill Volunteers

Police, fire and emergency agencies conducted a drill Tuesday at Paul G. Blazer High School to test their response to an active shooter situation. Volunteer staff members of the high school participated in the response. Photo by Carly Carver.

ASHLAND – Police, fire and emergency agencies conducted a drill Tuesday at Paul G. Blazer High School to test their response to school shootings.

The annual safety drill is conducted in cooperation with several local agencies on the premise that armed intruders had gotten into the school and were shooting at students and staff.

Ashland Fire Department

Fire and emergency personnel prepared as buildings were cleared as part of a drill exercise Tuesday at Paul G. Blazer High School. After the building was cleared, volunteer teachers exited with simulated injuries that the fire and emergency personnel addressed at a triage. Photo by Carly Carver.

Ashland Police Chief Todd Kelley said that the drill is held in conjunction with the Local Emergency Planning Committee, or LEPC, to test and evaluate resources and reactions in the situation.

Kelley said that the Ashland Independent Schools assisted in the drill.

Safety Drill

Police, fire and emergency agencies addressed simulated injuries on volunteer teachers and staff of Paul G. Blazer High School on Tuesday. A drill exercise was carried out throughout the day to test local emergency response to school shootings. Photo by Carly Carver.

Jamie Campbell, principal of Paul G. Blazer High School, said that the drill exercise helped make the students and community a safer place.

“Today was a great example of why we as a community work together to ensure that our students and staff are safe at school. We are thankful for the dedication and training of our community’s first responders,” Campbell said.

Police, fire and emergency agencies

Police, fire and emergency agencies conducted a drill Tuesday at Paul G. Blazer High School. The annual safety drill is conducted in cooperation with several local agencies on the premise that armed intruders had gotten into the school and were shooting at students and staff. Photo by Carly Carver.

Agencies involved in the simulation included the Ashland Police Department, Ashland Fire Department, Boyd County 911, Boyd County Emergency Management Services, Catlettsburg Police Department, Cannonsburg Fire Department, Boyd County Sheriff's Office, Summit Fire Department, Westwood Fire Department, Kentucky State Police, Air Methods, Healthnet, Kings Daughters Medical Team EMS and Patriot EMS.