Multiple police agencies train for school emergency

ORANGEBURG, SC (WCSC) - The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office coordinated a school incident response training at Lake Marion High School on Wednesday and Thursday.

"These trainings are vital for agencies to have the experience for an incident response at a school," says Sheriff Leroy Ravenell."Bringing together law enforcement agencies from around the two county areas not only strengthens our abilities to work together but we are able to provide training that is difficult to accomplish by one agency alone."

Agencies participating included the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety, Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina State University, Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, North Police Department, and Springfield Police Department.

Sheriff Ravenell and Calhoun County Sheriff Tommy Summers participated in the training exercises.

Summers says "I think the training is very dynamic. I am glad to be a part of it. It is all about keeping these guys alive, helping them to do their job, and keeping them safe. It's been interesting to watch."

Ravenell concludes "We hope and pray that there is never a need to utilize this training but preparation is key to securing the building and protecting the lives of everyone."

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