ROSS TWP., Ohio (FOX19) - A large-scale school safety exercise involving 11 school districts and multiple law enforcement agencies is underway right now in Butler County.
Nearly 200 students and adults are participating Tuesday in the four-hour simulation of an active shooter at a board meeting on the Ross Local School District’s high school and middle school campus.
The “complex and coordinated event” is the largest such exercise ever done in Butler County, organizers say.
About a dozen county, state and local agencies and community partners arrived earlier this morning.
They include the following school districts and their school resource officers: Butler Tech, Edgewood, Fairfield, Hamilton, Lakota, Madison, Middletown, Monroe, New Miami, Ross, and Talawanda.
The Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Colerain Township Fire and EMS Department, UC-West Chester Hospital, Ross Township police and fire departments; emergency management agencies for Ohio and the county and Morgan Township Fire and EMS Department also are among agencies participating.
The full-scale exercise meets Ohio requirements with mobilization of personnel and equipment and a command post.