(Woodstock, Ga. – Dec. 13, 2013) Chattahoochee Technical College Public Safety Officers were joined by local law enforcement from Woodstock and Cherokee County for a day of training and simulated emergencies Friday. The training, which included information on responding to active shooters and bomb threats, took place at the college’s Woodstock Campus, which is currently closed for renovations.
“This event is giving us an opportunity to work side by side with some of our counterparts in the City of Woodstock and Cherokee County,” explained Chattahoochee Technical College Director of Public Safety Willis Wade. “While we certainly hope that nothing like this ever happens, we must be prepared for any possible occurrence.”
After a morning of classroom training, officers from all agencies will have the opportunity to practice their response with a simulated event at the Woodstock Campus. Various scenarios have been worked out to provide as realistic of a response as possible. Sound and visual effects are being used, as well as volunteers to be victims in the incident. In addition to the actual simulation, a triage area, incident command, and even a media briefing room have been set aside to replicate a real scenario.
“I am pleased to see such a proactive approach to the active shooter training being conducted,” said Wade. “On a daily basis Chattahoochee Technical College is responsible for the safety of approximately 11,000 students and 1,000 faculty and staff members. As leaders we need to be proactive in our planning and implementation of current safety techniques. This training at our Woodstock Campus is just one example of how the partnership between the Chattahoochee Technical College and other law enforcement agencies is forming to provide a safe environment for all of our students and community members.”