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FFCSD and emergency services partner for active shooter drill

FONDA — The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District is partnering with Montgomery County Emergency Services to conduct an active shooter drill with several other agencies on the school campus Wednesday.

The purpose of the drill is to practice and improve communications between and among agencies and different levels of government in emergency situations. The drill puts a focus on Montgomery County’s response to an active threat incident and includes several local and state public safety organizations. It is being funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security.

“No one wants to imagine a scenario like this could ever happen in our community, but we need to be prepared for the unthinkable,” Montgomery County Sheriff Jeffery T. Smith said. “This will be an elaborate training simulation, meant to keep authorities sharp and prepared.”

“The incident is not real; however the response activities during this fictional exercise will be practiced in a manner that is as realistic as possible,” Emergency Management Director Rick Sager said. “It is an important opportunity for emergency responders and the school district to test procedures and ultimately strengthen them.”

“Our participation is an indication of how seriously we take the safety of our students and the adults in our school buildings,” Fonda-Fultonville Central School District Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ciaccio said. “What we learn from the drill will only enhance our efforts to ensure a safe and secure environment for all who are part of our school community.”

There will be a significant police presence in the vicinity of the school district that day. Community members are asked to avoid the area from 8 a.m. to noon. There is a possibility of road closures in the area during this time.

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