Brunswick County emergency responders hold active shooter drill


BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County School District and emergency responders teamed up Thursday morning to train for an active shooter.

Law enforcement agencies from around Brunswick County came to South Brunswick High School in Boiling Spring Lakes for an active shooter drill. Their main goal was communication, because in an active shooter situation, responders may only have seconds to act.

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When everyone else runs out, emergency responders go in. Their reaction can be the difference between life and death.

“All you have to do is look at what has happened in Parkland, Columbine. Look at Newtown,” said Superintendent Les Tubb.

Tubb hopes he never has to see ones of those scenes in Brunswick County.

More than 100 volunteers participated in the real-time drill, acting as the victims of an active shooter.

“It’s not a one-man or one-agency show. It’s multiple agencies and entities responding to make sure that we, again, address the issue that’s occurring as well as provide aid to the injured,” said Sheriff John Ingram.

Ingram says the different agencies worked on communication under a realistic scenario.

“I can tell you that if it were real, it never goes smoothly. However, I can tell you that even if it will not go smoothly, it will go professionally,” said Tubb. “In a drill, what you’re looking for is the after action review. You want to sit down after it’s over and say ‘What did we do right?’ And that’s great. But most importantly, ‘What did we do wrong? And how do we improve on those mistakes?'”

Tubb says he wanted people to make mistakes today so the agencies could learn how to improve and and how to best protect students.