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Posted: Oct 26, 2016 10:02 AM


Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and the Bossier Sheriff’s Office joined numerous other first responders in the first-ever parish-wide drill Tuesday morning.

The goal of the drill was to test the parish’s ability to respond to multiple threats, as well as test the unified command and communications, all coordinated by the Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

“This drill is a challenge like we’ve never faced before,” said Sheriff Whittington, involving up to 1,200 first responders and support forces from law enforcement agencies, fire stations and emergency medical personnel here in Bossier Parish.

The drill also impacted more than 100 facilities, with about 30,000 persons at every Bossier Parish school and school facilities involved in a simulated physical lockdown.

The multiple threats that took place today involved people making calls to 911 about suspicious vehicles at various locations in the parish, as well as a suspicious boat in the Red River, some which were tied to more serious scenarios. Those included a vehicle speeding up to the Bossier Army National Guard Armory off of Swan Lake Road in which the driver and passenger got out of the car and made multiple shots at the building before quickly speeding away. Soon after, that same vehicle drove to the main entrance of the Bossier Civic Center in which the driver and the passenger got out of their vehicle and made multiple shots at the building and persons lined up for a job fair, in addition to a simulated bomb attack.

Law enforcement officers and firefighters then responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Bodcau Dam Road and Pistol Range Road that became an ambush on the first responders. Lastly, at 9:30 a.m., persons made an attack on Benton Town Hall in which a vehicle came into the parking lot, rushed the building, and started shooting.

In all of these incidents, mock casualties, including deaths and injuries, were reported, and first responders acted accordingly.

(Video shot by Dep. Rod White and Allen J.M. Smith, Bossier Sheriff’s Office)