Baraga County tests emergency response

OUT IN FULL FORCE–Baraga County ran drills on emergency response to an active shooter situation on Wednesday, June 21 in L’Anse. Above, four ambulances arrive on the scene, each testing their speed and ability to treat and transport victims.

by Porter Davis

No one wants to think about school shootings, let alone imagine one could happen in a small town like L’Anse, but that is a potential reality we all face. As firearms become the leading cause of death among children in the United States, with gun violence a significant factor, local emergency services must be prepared for the worst. On Wednesday, June 21, 2023, the full Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and law enforcement of Baraga County were drilled on their reactions and proficiencies in dealing with a potential active shooting situation at L’Anse Area Schools (LAS). LAS partially hosted the drill after nonparticipants had left for the day. Several students and staff volunteered to be faux victims of an armed assailant, fit with makeup and prosthetics to make the drill as real as possible. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.