D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - While faculty and staff are preparing for this school year, so are emergency personnel. First responders in D'Iberville are working closely with school staff before the summer ends.
A large part of what schools have to do to prepare for the upcoming year is focused on security. D'Iberville schools want to make sure that they were working as closely as possible with emergency responders in the area.
D'Iberville High principal Cheryl Broadus says first responders are often brought into the school. "They know our kids. Our kids know them. It's just a benefit and it's beneficial to everyone," said Broadus.
The sixth annual luncheon that was held at the D'Iberville Town Green strengthened the relationships. School officials met with emergency personnel to talk about policies and solidify the training that recently took place at the high school with homeland security.
Laura Fosselman was the training coordinator. "So it gives the opportunity for all agencies to see what the other agencies are doing," said Fosselman. She invited police, fire, county, and state agencies to spend days at the school training together.
Deputy Fire Chief Danny Miller said that type of coordinated training is essential. "In a real world event, all those agencies are going to show up, so we need to go ahead and work together. If we ever have an incident or anything like that, we've already known these people. We know what they know, they know what we know," he said.
Not only was it a benefit to have multiple agencies working together, but the exercises also utilized simulated ammunition. "It heightens that awareness and you pay attention to that training," said Police Chief Wayne Payne.
According to Payne, the constant contact in the community will prove to be valuable if the worst were to ever happen. "I pray to God that we never ever have to use any of this training, but I wanted my guys familiar with it and to understand what that training was," said Payne.
This year's training focused on an active shooter scenario.