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The parking lot at EA-WR's memorial gymnasium filled with emergency vehicles on Tuesday in the wake of a training exercise for an emergency school shooting scenario.
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Police cars are seen lining Whitelaw Avenue on Tuesday morning as the Wood River police department hosted an emergency response to school shooting training course at EA-WR.
WOOD RIVER | It's better to be prepared in the event a tragedy would occur during the normal operating hours at a school. Local departments are running through drills to educate emergency personnel on the proper policies and procedures they would encounter in a live emergency response to a school shooting situation.
Fire and police personnel from East Alton, Wood River and Roxana are going back to school on Tuesday and Thursday to run training scenarios from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at East Alton-Wood River high school.
In a letter sent to the residents from the Wood River police department, citizens were warned of the possibility that Wood River Avenue, Whitelaw and Chick Summers streets may be temporarily closed during the training procedure. WRPD chief Otis Steward wished to inform residents that they may hear the sounds of simulated gunfire, simulated small explosions, sirens and fire alarms coming from the school. Smoke and simulated casualties may be visible from EA-WR.
All buildings associated with EA-WR high school are included in the training exercise. The school will remain closed on both days of the exercise to ensure public safety.
If anyone has any questions or concerns, they are asked to contact the Wood River police department.