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Active Shooter Drill

Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Kenton County Homeland Security, in partnership with the City of Fort Mitchell, Fort Mitchell Police Department, Fort Mitchell Fire Department, and Beechwood Independent Schools, will be conducting a Full-Scale Active Shooter Drill at Beechwood Independent School on October 4th from 8:00 A.M. to approximately 2:00 P.M.

This training drill will include a number of police vehicles, ambulances, and law enforcement officers at the school and in the surrounding neighborhood. The drill will involve a law enforcement response to an active shooter, deployment of Swift Assisted Victim Extraction (SAVE) teams, patient triage, transports to local hospitals, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team building clearance, and full use of the Incident Command System (ICS).

Several roadways will be impacted during the event. The traffic Control & Roadway Closure Plan is as follows:

- Dixie Highway (US-25)

  • Southbound right lane closed from Beechwood (Dixie Highway to Greenbriar Avenue)
  • Temporary delays to allow drill participants to cross highway to get to staging area in Highland Cemetery

- Beechwood Road – Dixie Highway to Thompson Avenue (#3 to #278 Beechwood)

  • Road Closed to thru traffic from Dixie Highway to Thompson Avenue
    • Dixie Highway to Page Road (#3 to #111 Beechwood)
      • Residents will be able to access their homes from Thompson Avenue end
      • Brief complete closures of Beechwood Road will be necessary in this stretch to facilitate the drill
      • #113 to #278 Beechwood Road
        • Residents will be able to access their homes from Thompson Avenue end

- Ashton Road & Page Road

  • Residents will be able to access their homes from Thompson Avenue end
  • Brief complete closures of Beechwood Road will be necessary in this stretch to facilitate the drill

- Deauville Court, Seville Court, Prather Court, Ana Jo Lane

  • Residents will be able to access their homes from Thompson Avenue end
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“It’s imperative for first responders and school districts to have the opportunity to test emergency planning in the case of an actual event,” said Steve Hensley, Kenton County Homeland Security & Emergency Management Director. “This exercise pulls together first responders from Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties and only strengthens their skills and current crisis management plans. Every school district, city, and first responder agency has the opportunity to benefit from this exercise.”

“Many parents with children who attend school in Fort Mitchell want to know our commitment to school safety,” said Mayor Jude Hehman. “When I reached out to the Kenton County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management about opportunities to strengthen our preparedness, and they proposed this drill, I thought that it would be a terrific op­portunity to demonstrate our commitment to safe schools and improve the readiness of our first responders. Of course, I hope and pray that we never have to use what we learn in this training in a real situation”

“We will continue to address safety and take any and all measures to make sure our campus is safe and our response to any emergency is performed at the same level of excellence that we expect from our students in the classroom,” said Dr. Mike Stacy, Superintendent of Beechwood Independent Schools.

Residents should not be alarmed as this is only a training exercise intended for emergency personnel. The general student body will not be present for the drill as it is taking place during fall break. Thank you for your patience and understanding while this training is performed in order to enhance safety.

For questions about this exercise, contact Kenton County Fiscal Court at (859) 392-1400, the City of Fort Mitchell at (859) 331-1212 or Beechwood Independent Schools at (859)-331-1220.