FROSTBURG — The Allegany County Public School System will participate in an emergency drill along with 18 other support team agencies and departments Nov. 1 at Mountain Ridge High School.

Schools are scheduled to be closed this day for professional development. The exercise is set to begin at about 8 a.m. and use a scenario of an armed intruder with anticipated injuries. Parents and the community will be periodically notified of the status of the exercise via the school system’s website, School Messenger and various media outlets.      

The focus will be on key local and state emergency management coordination, critical decisions and the integration of federal assets necessary to save lives and protect public health following such an incident. Participants will evaluate the response concept, identify opportunities for improvement and achieve an increased awareness.  

Support team agencies include the Allegany County 911 Joint Communication Division, Bureau of Police, Emergency Management Division, Emergency Medical Service Division, Health Department, Sheriff’s Office, Cumberland Police Department, Frostburg Area Ambulance Service, Frostburg Volunteer Fire Department, Frostburg Police Department, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, Maryland State Police Barrack C, Aviation Division and Special Operations Division, Office of the State Fire Marshal and Western Maryland Health System.

An “armed intruder” is defined as an armed person who has used deadly physical force and continues to do so while leaving unrestricted access to additional victims. In light of a number of national armed intruder events over the past years, the school system feels that this training exercise is necessary to ensure public safety should a major emergency occur within Allegany County public schools.

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