Multiple agencies, multiple disciplines.
    That’s how Brownwood Police Chief Terry Nichols described Wednesday’s emergency response drill at Brownwood Middle School, an active-shooter scenario that involved first responders, the school district and Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
    Multiple law enforcement, fire department and EMS vehicles were parked in various places outside the school for several hours as the drill continued.
    The scenario included about 25 role-players inside the school including Brownwood theatre students who were made up to appear injured.
    First responders included the Brownwood and Early police departments, sheriff’s office, Brownwood Fire Department, Lifeguard Ambulance and Heart of Texas EMS.
    In the drill, law enforcement officers stopped the shooter, then quickly went into a life-saving operation. The first patients were loaded into an ambulance 22 minutes after the first officer arrived, Nichols said.
    Ambulances took the simulated patients to BRMC, and the school district brought buses in to take students who weren’t injured to the high school to be reunited with their families, Nichols said.
    “Officers quickly found the shooter and immediately stopped the threat, and then we flipped the switch and immediately started going to the rescue mode,” Nichols said.
    The drill had been in the planning phase for months, and mass casualty drill simulating a tornado in May was a preliminary step in Wednesday’s drill, Nichols said.
    “It was a great success, if for no other reason, we’re all out here doing this other in training,” Nichols said. “If we had no other success anywhere, that’s a success — getting all the different disciplines in one place at one time, practicing for something we hope never, ever happens.
    “The school district’s been wonderful to work with,” Nichols said. “They know how important that is.”
    Brownwood school Superintendent Dr. Joe Young said via email:
    "I sincerely appreciate all the agencies who participated in the drill. While we hope we never have to implement those procedures, preparing for these possibilities is important. The on-scene procedures at the early stages of the incident are vital, but it's also necessary to establish processes to move and reunite hundreds of uninjured students with their families.
    “We also practiced our communication protocols and the messages we would send out along the way. This must be done in an orderly and safe manner during what would be an emotional time. We are thankful we live in a community which places such high value on our students and helps us prepare to take care of them regardless of the situation."