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In 2018 there were 27 active shooter incidents in the United States, according to FBI data. Five of the shootings occurred at schools.
In order to prepare for the worst, emergency personnel in Xenia including Xenia Police Division, Xenia Fire Division and the Greene County Sheriff's Office participated in active shooter training at Xenia High School Friday.
The training is the largest the departments have ever taken part in.
Cruisers lined up outside the school, staged in position when the call sounded from dispatchers. The scenario: an armed person inside the school firing shots and multiple injuries as a result.
A few minutes after 9 a.m., the first cruiser from Xenia Police Division responded to the school with lights flashing.
Staff from Xenia Community Schools were inside the building and took part in the training so they know what to do and what to expect if the worst should happen. Xenia Police Division trains for active shooter situations once a year but Friday's training was on a much larger scale.
The goal is that by multiple local agencies training together, the emergency response will be swift, accurate and effective.
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