Active Shooter Drill a Success

Posted: January 24, 2013

For three days in January, the Scripps College Performing Arts Center was a place under siege.

Police, fire, and sheriff’s officers surrounded Garrison Theater. Special operatives rappelled from a helicopter hovering over Harvey Mudd Quadrangle, guns at the ready. All in response to news that two gunmen had entered the building and fired shots.

Nothing to Fear

There’s nothing to fear, however; the whole event was part of an extensive active shooter drill for police, fire, and SWAT teams throughout Los Angeles County. The Claremont Colleges participated in the training, which ran from January 16-18, because of the importance these kinds of drills have in increasing the safety and security of our community and our neighbors.

“We appreciate the opportunity to support our fire and police as they train for emergency scenarios,” said President Lori Bettison-Varga. “The Scripps community came together to support the drill and prepare with the experts. Although I hope we never need to call on our College emergency response teams, this drill provided an important training opportunity for us as well as the first responders.”

The primary focus of the drill was the treatment, handling, and removal of casualties from an active shooter scene by Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel. Weapons used in the exercise held blanks, and each member of the Consortium provided resources, from the use of their fields for landing helicopters, to personnel for CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams),  and “victims.”

The drill included personnel from several local Los Angeles County Fire Stations, the Claremont Police Department, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB – SWAT team). The training also included local ambulance service providers and the Fire Department’s and Sheriff’s Department’s helicopters.

Representatives from Los Angeles County locally-elected officials’ offices, the City of Claremont, and leaders of local schools attended the drills as observers, and were provided with detailed briefings of the drill and its purpose by Fire and Sheriff Department’s public information officers.

Photos from the Drill

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