Emergency training to be held at Lord Baltimore next week

Anyone driving by Lord Baltimore Elementary School next week who notices a large gathering of emergency-services vehicles should not be alarmed.

The Ocean View Police Department will be hosting Rescue Task Force (RTF) Training for three days next week, on June 26-28.

“We have hosted an annual training exercise here in Ocean View every summer. We utilize Lord Baltimore School after school lets out,” said OVPD Chief Ken McLaughlin. “The District and Principal Webb are kind enough to let us use the school.

“What we’ve been doing is bringing local first-responders together to train in a team environment — police, fire, EMS — to enhance our response to critical incidents and mass casualty incidents.”

McLaughlin said the training would include such incidents as an active shooter, bombing, massive weather event and even a catastrophic traffic crash — where, instead of one or two people injured, there are 20 or 30.

“How do we go about handling those situations, working as a team to get everybody to safety?” said McLaughlin of the issues to be addressed.

For the most part, the training will be inside the school; however, there may be some activity in the parking lot.

While there will be a lot of emergency vehicles in the area of the school, especially on June 28, McLaughlin said not to worry, it is simply an annual training exercise.