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Thomasville first responders prepare for active shooter situation

On Thursday, first responders in Thomasville practiced how to respond to an active shooter in a crowded public place. (Source:WALB) On Thursday, first responders in Thomasville practiced how to respond to an active shooter in a crowded public place. (Source:WALB)
"Then from there the information went from our 911 center passed along to the appropriate responding agencies," said Chris Jones, EMA Director. "Then from there the information went from our 911 center passed along to the appropriate responding agencies," said Chris Jones, EMA Director.
"To my knowledge, no one is dead, they are all undergoing treatment right now at the hospital.," explained Charles Winchester, Archbold. "To my knowledge, no one is dead, they are all undergoing treatment right now at the hospital.," explained Charles Winchester, Archbold.
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

On Thursday, first responders in Thomasville practiced how to respond to an active shooter in a crowded public place.

Multiple agencies responded to a scenario of a shooter on the Archbold Hospital campus.

It's the kind of tragic scene that has played out too often in cities around the country. 

It may have just been a drill on Thursday when an emergency call was placed to 911.

"Then from there the information went from our 911 center passed along to the appropriate responding agencies," said Chris Jones, EMA Director.

First on the scene was the Thomasville Police Department, followed by the sheriff's office and SWAT team.

The first response in the drill was to find the shooter.

And while the police department was making sure the shooter in the drill was taken down, EMS was making sure victims received immediate care.

Twelve people volunteered their time to act as victims to make the drill even more realistic.

"To my knowledge, no one is dead, they are all undergoing treatment right now at the hospital.," explained Charles Winchester, Archbold.

So how prepared is Thomasville for a potential mass shooting?

"I can tell you from an emergency management standpoint, this is a community planning exercise," said Jones.

"Our goal today was actually communications, we've really drilled that down today," explained Winchester.

All agencies were updating the community throughout the entire drill on Thursday through technology a lot of people use, Facebook and social media.

Anyone who would like to sign up for emergency alerts in Thomasville can visit the Thomas County Dispatch website.

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