Sedalia 200 School District and area first responders will conduct a fictitious active shooter training exercise at Smith-Cotton High School on July 9.

The training is described as a crisis response exercise.

A press release from the Pettis County Sheriff's Office says the practice exercise will consist of a simulated scenario to facilitate a coordinated response to a fictitious active shooter event at SCHS.

Participants from agencies such as the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office, Sedalia Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Sedalia Fire Department, Pettis County Ambulance District, Pettis County Fire District, and Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency, as well as representatives from Sedalia School District 200, will take part in the exercise.

Nearly 35 volunteers will be participating in the simulation as actors and role players.

The sheriff's office added that the exercise is designed to expand levels of multi-agency cooperation, strengthen mutual capabilities, and enhance school security and communication.

The crisis management response to this type of event has been adapted from lessons learned during a tabletop exercise that was held on April 4th, 2018. It was noted that residents should expect to see several emergency response vehicles, as well as other related activity in the area of Smith-Cotton High School during the exercise on Monday, July 9 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Kurt Parsons