Toledo police, fire hold special training at Waite High School

TOLEDO (WTVG) - Tuesday was a day off for Toledo Public Schools, but if you drove by Waite High School today you may have noticed a lot of activity on campus. First responders were taking part in a full-scale training exercise.

With the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and dozens of other school shootings since then, this training is critical for first responders and the community.

The training included Toledo Police officers, Toledo Fire and Rescue Department, and Toledo Public Schools. For security reasons our cameras were not allowed inside for the training, but those involved say Waite provided the perfect space. There are a lot of staircases, classrooms and places to hide. Some students and staff volunteered to be part of the training exercise.

The full-scale training was possible because of a $10,000 donation from Mercy Health to cover the overtime cost for the police and fire departments.