Response drill lets crews practice their skills

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Dozens of emergency responders and more than 150 actors were on scene simulating an active shooter situation on Saturday.

Officials said emergency responders didn't have any idea what would happen. It was all kept top secret, so they could act quickly and without pre planning.

"Definitely makes me feel safer,” said Ryan Hall, of Grand Junction.

The corner of 29 ½ Road and North avenue, filled with first responders for the emergency situation.

"It's imperative for us to take the opportunity to practice the response to these kinds of critical incidents,” said police information coordinator for the Grand Junction police department, Heidi Davidson.

It has the potential to help save lives in the case of a future critical incident.

“In other parts of the country, case workers have been killed you know for just for doing their job and we really want to prepare our employees, to be safe,” said campus safety committee member Aimee Wride.

Police, paramedics, and firefighters took part in the active shooting drill, giving everyone a chance to determine how they would respond to a large scale emergency situation in our town.

This mandatory safety training happens every year, giving the community a sense of reassurance and safety.

"I think it's a great idea it's better to have practice and to know in a stressful situation what might happen versus in an actual situation. All of the kinks are worked out...all the bugs are worked out and that way you're better prepared,” said Grand Junction resident Luna Parsons.

“Oh yeah, they definitely help me feel relaxed. It gives them the practice because even if it's something that won't happen for the next ten years it's something they know what will happen as soon as the occasion arises,” said Hall.

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