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Downers Grove

Downers Grove to train for emergencies Friday with "active shooter" drill

DOWNERS GROVE – On Friday, the Downers Grove police and fire departments, Midwestern University and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital will conduct a training exercise involving an active shooter in a school scenario.

The exercise will test the emergency preparedness of the participating agencies, determine effectiveness and see where improvements or adjustments are needed, according to a press release.

Those passing by Midwestern University in the early morning hours on July 11 may notice public safety vehicles arriving, however all event activity will take place on campus, which will be closed to the public.

This training scenario will simulate an incident requiring field responders to perform the actions associated with an initial response to an active shooter in a school incident including:

• Threat neutralization

• Victim rescue

• Triage

• Site security

• Crowd control

• Crisis communication

The event will be a combined effort with the Downers Grove Police and Fire Departments, Oak Brook Police Department, Lombard Police Department, Woodridge Police Department, Darien Police Department, Midwestern University, Downers Grove Grade School District 58, Community High School District 99 and Good Samaritan Hospital.

"Our goal is to prepare first responders, school personnel, and emergency medical providers using as much realism as possible," Downers Grove Police Chief Robert Porter said in a statement. "Of course we all hope something like this never happens, but working together in advance with our partners at the schools, hospital and neighboring agencies is the best way for everyone to be ready if this does occur."

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