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Downers Grove police and fire departments are doing training Friday morning to simulate scenarios that involve an active shooter in a school.

The two departments are conducting the training exercises at Midwestern University throughout the morning, in partnership Midwestern, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, and emergency responders from Oak Brook, Woodridge, Lombard and Darien. Representatives from Grade School District 58 and Community High School District 99 were on campus Friday morning to observe the proceedings.

Village officials said that the training will require responders to perform tasks relating to threat neutralization, victim rescue, triage, site security, crowd control and crisis communication.

"Our goal is to prepare first responders, school personnel and emergency medical providers using as much realism as possible," Downers Grove Police Chief Robert Porter said in a statement. "Of course we all hope something like this never happens, but working together in advance without partners at the schools, hospital and neighboring agencies is the best way for everyone to be ready if this does occur."

-Dawn Rhodes, Tribune reporter