Full-Scale Active Shooter Exercise in July 2017
ACTIVE SHOOTER FULL SCALE EXERCISE COMPLETED ON JULY 25TH, 2017
(Note) No live weapons were permitted inside the exercise area. This included no firearms, no ammunition, no tasers, no knives, no batons/clubs, and no chemicals. (Responding Police carried Inert [simulated] Firearms). All responders went through a safety check point, where they were checked prior to entering the exercise area, to make sure that no live weapons were introduced into the exercise environment. The Mock Shooter was equipped with a rifle, adapted to fire blanks, to provide sound stimulus (Sounds of Gunfire) during the exercise. The Mock Shooter and rifle were checked to make sure that no live ammunition was carried into the exercise area. The Controller/Safety Officer assigned to the Mock Shooter maintained constant surveillance of the Shooter, and their immediate area, to ensure their safety from outside threats, and to make sure that the blank adaptor was maintained in proper position at all times.
EKU PUBLIC SAFETY IS PLANNING A FULL-SCALE ACTIVE SHOOTER EXERCISE FOR TUESDAY JULY 25TH FROM 9AM TO 1PM.
THE EXERCISE WILL TAKE PLACE IN COATES BUILDING, JONES BUILDING, JONES LOT, CRABBE STREET, AND THE CRABBE STREET LOT.
If you are interested in volunteering for the exercise, please contact Gary Folckemer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Targeted Violence Training and Safety Briefings will be held on the following dates and times in the Brock Auditorium of the Coates Building. Each session will last about 30 minutes. Anyone wishing to volunteer for the exercise is required to attend one of these sessions. Volunteers are also required to complete an Informed Consent Waiver.
Training and Briefing Sessions are open to anyone interested in learning more about what to do during a targeted violence attack.
Tuesday July 18th at 12PM
Tuesday July 18th at 2PM
Thursday July 20th at 12PM
Thursday July 20th at 2PM
Monday July 24th at 12PM
Monday July 24th at 2PM
Tuesday July 25th at 7:30AM
To accommodate exercise activity Crabbe Street will be closed on Tuesday July 25th from 8AM to 2PM.
Additionally, the Crabbe Street Lot, the Jones Lot, and parking along Crabbe Street, will be closed from Monday July 24th at 6PM through Tuesday July 25th at 2PM.
RICHMOND, Ky. – With most students away for the summer, Eastern Kentucky University Public Safety is planning several events designed to enhance campus safety, culminating with a full-scale exercise involving an active shooter scenario.
The active shooter exercise will take place on Tuesday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Coates and Jones buildings and adjacent Jones parking lot.
Emergency responders from several partnering law enforcement agencies from surrounding communities will be involved “in as real-world an environment as we can create, while having safeguards and checkpoints in place,” said Gary Folckemer, director of emergency management and security for EKU. “It’s all designed to walk us through our response protocol, to push ourselves to see if we can break our plan.”
The exercise area will also include the Crabbe Street lot, the Ravine and the following campus buildings: Foster, Campbell, Burrier, Roark, Memorial Science, Moore, Cammack and the Alumni Center at Blanton House. Those within the area can expect to hear simulated gunfire and other loud noises, and witness simulated injuries and considerable activity among law enforcement officers.
A “soft outer perimeter,” encompassing the area bounded by Crabbe Street, University Drive and Lancaster Avenue will be marked by caution tape and “Police Training in Progress” signs, and a “harder inner perimeter” corresponding to the training area around the Coates and Jones buildings and Jones lot will be marked by police line tape and additional signage. Only Crabbe Street will be closed to traffic during the exercise.
“We are as prepared as possible should we have a targeted violent attack,” Folckemer said, “but you never know for sure how everything will pan out unless you exercise your plan vigorously and see if there are opportunities for improvement.”
Noting that the EKU Police has been accredited three times by the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police, Folckemer added, “We have excellent officers who are well-trained, but we are always looking to enhance that training.”
Volunteers, including those who work in the Jones and Coates buildings, are needed to portray victims and bystanders. Anyone interested should contact Folckemer at email@example.com. Others who work in the two buildings will be given instructions prior to the exercise.
Three training events are scheduled on campus prior to the July active shooter exercise:
· Behavioral analysis unit training for the EKU Student Assistance and Intervention Team (SAIT), conducted by the FBI, “to help us make the best decisions when we have a student we think might be of concern.”
· Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) for law enforcement officers, “a very hands-on tactical training component,” also conducted by the FBI. (Two two-day sessions for approximately 30 officers each session.)
· A tabletop exercise related to the active shooter scenario.
For more information about the exercise, and you should know about dealing with a targeted violence attack, please visit our Targeted Violence page.
Published on May 11, 2017