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Emergency training exercise held at Flagler County high school

Deputies, school officials practice for potential school shooting

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PALM COAST, Fla. – A large-scale emergency training exercise was held on Thursday in Flagler County, involving law enforcement, fire, emergency management and the school system.

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Organizers say the exercise, which was staged at Flagler Palm Coast High School, will have a realistic feel.

The exercise started with a scripted pretend phone calls from parents into dispatch, to a parking lot filled with patrol cars and helicopters flying above as deputies practiced handling injured students and a shooter on campus.

Sheriff Jim Manfre said the drill went well overall, but there is always room for improvement. 

"I think actual communications is always the issue. The simple fact is that when you go into a building of this size, communication is not always the best, so that's one of the things we're going to have to work on," he said.

Dozens of volunteers helped with the exercise, including some Flagler County students.