Pecan Grove Primary School in Gonzales recently was the scene of a full-scale training exercise for school-based crisis incident response, according to a news release.
The exercise was hosted by the Gonzales police and fire departments and the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. More than 300 people from law enforcement, fire and emergency service agencies, Ascension Parish School Board, faculty and students took part.
Also involved in the exercise were the Gonzales Explorers Program, Fire Protection Districts 1, 2 and 3, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Louisiana State Police, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, Acadian Ambulance, the Louisiana Emergency Response Network and Volunteer Ascension.
Three years of planning and training went into the exercise with the goal of a better coordinated response in the event of a serious incident at an area school, the release said.
“This training exercise allowed us to see how we could best take care of our area kids in time of crisis,” Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson said in the release. “Ensuring the safety and protection of every child within the school is, and will remain, paramount to this training.”
Another full-scale exercise is planned for November.