Temple: Exercise held to focus on response to active shooter situation

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) First responders in the city of Temple took part in a full-scale active shooter training exercise Thursday evening.

The training was held at the Mayborn Convention Center.

From police, EMS, fire to hospital staff members, all were on-hand to prepare and get training on how to respond if an active shooter situation happened in the area.

The different agencies going through tactical movements, securing the building and then assisting the staged trauma victims.

"The faster we can get there, the faster we can stop the shooting and get medical treatment to those victims, the better the survival rate is for the victims involved," said Temple Police Chief Floyd Mitchell.

Temple Fire Chief Mitch Randles says Thursday's exercise was important to emphasize teamwork between each agency.

"It's vital that police, fire, EMS, dispatch agencies and hospitals are all working as one big team and working towards a successful end to the event," Randles said.

Baylor Scott & White was also part of the exercise with a helicopter landing to add to the training.