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Albion school district will host large first responder drill in March

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 January 2019 at 8:34 am

ALBION – The school district will host a large “active incident drill” in March that will include law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders, as well as staff at a local hospital.

Michael Bonnewell, the district superintendent, said the exact date isn’t scheduled yet due to the coordination involved with so many of the participants.

“This will be the largest scale drill for the county, yet,” Bonnewell told the Board of Education on Monday.

The drill will be on a day when there isn’t school. Teachers and staff will role-play teachers, students and parents.

Medina and Kendall both hosted active incident drills last year for first responders.

At Medina on April 20 last year, police arrived in stages to simulate the response to an incident at a school. The drill focused on tactics in finding the suspect, emergency communications and mass casualty treatment and response.

The drills help local law enforcement improve their response to minimize chaos and casualties.

Bonnewell also updated the Board of Education on a new school resource officer. Interviews will start within the next week and will include six representatives from the school district and two from the Albion Police Department.

The district is working with the Albion Police Department to have an officer dedicated full-time to the district.

The officer will be a member of the Albion Police Department and will at the district during the school year. The officer will be available during the summer for road patrols and other duties outside the school district.

The district has approved paying $81,250 annually towards the officer. That will be pro-rated depending on the start date this school year.

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