Deputies to practice active-shooter response at Lakewood middle school

Emergency responders will train on how to respond to an active shooter during a drill Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Hoover Middle School in Lakewood.

From 8 a.m. to about noon, sheriff’s deputies and fire department personnel from Los Angeles County will participate in a training scenario that will include smoke, loud bangs like gunshots and civilians playing roles, authorities said.

Lakewood sent out a bulletin telling residents there’s no need to be worried if they hear or see the training at Hoover, which is on break for the summer. No students will be present, authorities said.

“We all hope we never have to put this training to use in Lakewood,” said Lakewood Station Captain David Sprengel, “But I want our community to know that we do everything we can to be prepared to keep them safe no matter what happens.”

More information is available on the city of Lakewood’s website.

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