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REELTOWN, AL (WSFA) -

Two months ago the law enforcement community held training exercises at Marbury High School. The scenario? A man with a gun. People hurt, people dead.

A similar situation took place Thursday at Reeltown High School in Tallapoosa County. It was not a real life case but one Sgt. Ray Arrington of the Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Department called it a 'good exercise.' At times though Arrington felt his team went too fast in its approach to the make-believe gunman.

"The scene went fast and if you go too fast mistakes can happen," said Arrington.

Afterwards organizers and participants held a review session to talk about what went wrong and what could be improved.

"Communications is the key," said one first responder during the review.

The training included at least 8 nearby agencies and around 100 personnel.

Because the world is an entirely different place today, first responders are conducting more and more exercises like the one today at Reeltown High School. This is Tallapoosa County's 4th time to be the 'host' of a training event involving multiple agencies.

First responders say the one thing they have to guard against is complacency and to never entertain the thought 'it can't happen here.'

For the first time the Central Tallapoosa HAZMAT team along the Alex City HAZMAT team took part in a training exercise of this magnitude.

Training for the worst, hoping it never happens.

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