by: Tiffany Alaniz Updated:BARTLESVILLE, Okla. —
Emergency responders in Washington County sharpened their skills in an active shooter drill Sunday morning.
“This is how we learned. This is how we form our training. This is how we adapt our plans,” said Kary Cox, Washington County emergency manager.
Cox coordinated the drill.
“We’re always looking at things like communications, coordination and cooperation, and so we’re looking real hard at all of those items today,” Cox said.
Bartlesville police, fire, EMS and the Sheriff’s Department were all there to participate.
“We had detectives that also responded like detectives would have responded from the office or from the field. Drug Task Force guys showed up as well. Same thing with the county. Their investigator showed up as well,” said Lt. Kevin Ickleberry.
Ickleberry said the training day is big for the Bartlesville police special operations team.
“I’m very happy with our command staff that was here today. They set up a command outside and inside as well,”Ickleberry said.
He said that during the drill, the first goal was to get the shooter contained, then get victims help as quickly as possible. He said they had a lot of strengths and identified things that need work.
“Our motto is to be brutally honest with each other because we have to save our own lives,” Ickleberry said.