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North Texas First-Responders Taking Part In Active Shooter Drill

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ARGYLE (CBSDFW.COM) - The sights and sounds are scary, but not dangerous. Members of law enforcement, along with fire and EMS personnel conducted an active shooter exercise at a North Texas high school on Wednesday.

Emergency vehicles could be seen responding with lights and sirens at Argyle High School. Local hospitals also participated in the disaster drill.

The event includes realistic scenarios that have actors playing victims and officers using fake gun rounds.

It was just last night when a deadly attack happened at an airport in Istanbul, Turkey and three weeks since the mass shooting in Florida. Officials here say while the training drill has been planned for months "it is imperative that school districts prepare in case of a similar event."

The Argyle School District made headlines in 2014 after approving a gun policy allowing staff members to be armed.

Argyle ISD Police Chief Paul Cairney said officials are taking every consideration and realize a shooting event can happen in a small town. "We've been thinking about that. But one of the things that we need to make sure that we do, if something were to happen, is we need to have the whole response coordinated and coordinated well, because we don't want to have anymore people that are hurt," he said.

Anyone traveling near Argyle High School, on Highway 377, should know that the emergency vehicles and personnel in the area are not responding to an actual event.

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