BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Events like last December's school shooting in Newtown Connecticut proved that large-scale disasters can strike anywhere and at anytime. It's why first responders in Bangor were busy on Tuesday training to handle one.
City police, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics all took part in a mock shooting training drill. The drills were staged at two pharmacies in Bangor. One was at the Miller Drug Store on State Street while the other took place inside the pharmacy at the Eastern Maine Medical Center Healthcare Mall.
The drills were meant to look like pharmacy robberies gone wrong in which multiple people were 'shot' and injured. Responders from the Bangor police and fire departments as well as Capital Ambulance all took part.
"We're not expecting that this is gonna happen here in our community and we hope it never will," said Kathy Knight who is the director of the Northeastern Maine Regional Resource Center, "but we still have an obligation to make sure our staff members are properly prepared."
Tuesday's drill was organized with the help of the Maine State Police and several area hospitals. It will be evaluated by staff at the Red Cross.