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Oct 4, 2015 5:38 PM

Goffstown hosts emergency drill involving a fake school shooting


GOFFSTOWN - Ten minutes after multiple shots were fired, police had disarmed the shooter. In less than an hour, emergency responders had moved out the wounded patients.

But don't worry, it was all a drill. Federal, state and local police, fire and emergency medical providers conducted a full scale emergency exercise, requiring participants to respond to an "active shooter scenario" at the Goffstown High School.

"The horrific acts of violence continue in our society, and in addition to all the teaching and learning that we need to focus on, school safety needs to be our top priority," Superintendent Brian Balke told NH1 News.

The drill focused on interactions between local and state officials during a disaster such as a mass shooting.

Exercise Training Officer Emily Martuscello conducted the event with the help of the Department of Homeland Security.

"We were practicing our response as far as how we were going to handle dealing with shooters inside of a school and then how we were going to rapidly treat and transfer patients. After Columbine there is a huge paradigm shift as far as law enforcement response. First on scene, first in. No longer do you set up a perimeter and wait for SWAT- we don't have time for that," she said.

According to shootingtracker.com in just 2015 alone, the nation witnessed 295 mass shooting incidents -- more than there are days in the year so far. A total of 375 people died and over 1,000 people have been injured as a result.

More than 100 players on Sunday were involved in the drill including the Goffstown Fire Department, Goffstown Police Department, Goffstown School District, Manchester Police Department, Catholic Medical Center, DHART, HAM radio operators, many emergency medical providers along with student volunteers who played the role of casualties.


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