Active shooter drill set for Red Land High

Christopher Dornblaser

Those who see emergency personnel at Red Land High School throughout the day on April 29 should rest easy: Fairview Township Police has announced an active shooter drill will take place at the school that day.

Officers hold mock guns outside Central York High School during the Panther Active Intruder Drill Friday, Oct 11, 2013. Law enforcement, emergency services personnel from all over York County and federal government sources participated in the mock school shooting scenario to develop a standardized response. (Bill Kalina photo

The drill will run from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the entire student body, staff and some parents will participate in the exercise. The students will be taken to Cedar Cliff High School where the district will rehearse its student reunification plan, according to a news release.

Local police, fire, EMS and emergency management personnel will participate in the drill, and residents in the areas of Red Land and Cedar Cliff high school can expect to see a large presence of first responders during the exercise, according to the release.

As mass shootings in the United States have become more common, so have active shooter drills.

Springettsbury Township Police held one of the country's largest active shooter drills in October 2013 at Central York High School.

"Unfortunately, because of the frequency (of mass shootings in the United States,) law enforcement as a whole has been preparing for it," Springettsbury Township Police Chief Dan Stump has said.

Stump was a lieutenant during the 2013 drill, which he said taught officers what they needed to keep working on: communication between the various law-enforcement agencies, fire departments, medical services, the 911 center and the other various government agencies that would play a role in that kind of situation.

He said later drills, such as another active-shooter drill put on about a year later at Spring Grove Area High School by Northern York County Regional Police, have taught them more about how to communicate as effectively as possible, and about what resources everyone has, and how they can best be deployed.

"We’ve taken great measures to be prepared," he said.

Temporary road closures are anticipated near Red Land High School during the morning of the upcoming drill, including Fishing Creek Road and Pleasant View Road. According to police, heavy traffic volumes and potential delays are expected near Cedar Cliff High School as well.

More information about the traffic and neighborhood impact will be announced later, according to police.

Anyone seeking more information should contact Fairview Township Chief Jason Loper or Dr. Ryan Argot at with West Shore School District.

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