Active shooter training at BMW until noon

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GREER, S.C. (WSPA) – BMW Manufacturing and local law enforcement will be conducting a full-scale emergency training exercise today until noon.

According to a news release, the exercise will be conducted around Brockman-McClimon Road and the west side of the company’s campus.

The training will reportedly focus on the emergency response to an active shooter inside one of the buildings at BMW.

After the drill the Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright and BMW Manufacturing President and CEO Knudt Flor held a press conference.

The exercise started at 9 a.m. and a large number of law enforcement, fire and emergency services personnel will be in the area for the exercise.

“Training you just can’t get, unless you come do hands on. You can sit in a classroom all you want to. But when you go hands on, that’s when most people learn the most. We learn when we fail, we learn where we’re strong,” Sheriff Wright said.

Signs will be posted along Highway 101 and Brockman-McClimon Road to alert people driving in the area.

“We need to protect BMW, the community, and last but not least our investment,” Flor said,”so this is why today we saw it needs a lot of precision and speed and it was a great learning experience today.”

The training took place inside and around BMW’s 70,000 square-foot battery assembly building off Brockman-McClimon Road.

There were over 120 participants in the exercise, that was designed to appear as realistic as possible in order to test the abilities of first responders.

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