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Muskegon holds active shooter drill Friday
MUSKEGON, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Calls for an active shooter and dozens injured were all part of a training exercise in Muskegon Friday.
A number of agencies participated, hoping to improve their reaction to a major incident like that.
The Muskegon Police Department, along with a number of other agencies, practiced the active shooter drill Friday.
More than 200 people participated, and those we talked with say the experience is invaluable.
It's a call no one wants to hear, and a scenario you can never fully prepare for.
It's a pretend scenario, but Norton Shores Police Chief Dan Shaw says they're taking away very real life lessons.
"Working with law enforcement, EMS, all of us together, that's been the hardest part for us right now," said Shaw.
He says they're all learning just how important it is to talk to one another.
"There was probably 8 officers inside the buildingthey weren't communicating with each other, and they weren't communicating with anyone on the outside, so no one knew what was going on inside," Shaw explained.
While it's good training for emergency responders, they also want you to know what to do if you're ever caught in a situation with an active shooter.
"The first thing you need to do is runget away from that situation," advised Shaw. If you can'tif you're trapped, the next thing you should do is hide."
He says your last resort should be to fight, and with drills like this, hopefully a well trained police force will be on its way.
"At the end of this day, Muskegon county will be much more prepared than it was yesterday," said Muskegon Police Chief Jeff Lewis.
As for the mistakes that were made, the Chief says those things are just as important as the things they did right because now they know where they need to focus their energy.