A full-scale, multiagency, emergency training exercise will take place on the EWU campus in Cheney on Aug. 16, from 5 p.m. to midnight. The exercise is meant to sharpen first responders’ actions in the event of a mass-casualty incident, as well as to keep EWU in compliance with the Clery Act.
“Every year we have to do some type of training. It could be table-based, but we feel this is a much better way for us to train,” said EWU Police sergeant Bryan Dornbos, noting the difference between textbook training and real-time simulation training. “We want to be prepared if something bad happens.”
Police, fire and medical personnel will respond to several staged incidents on campus, and a test of the university’s notification system will also take place (including email, phone and text messaging). “This training will consist of multiple local and regional law enforcement agencies, as well as a number of regional fire and EMS agencies,” said Dornbos.
Having conducted the annual training for four years, Dornbos said that volunteers, mainly students, help with the simulation by donning makeup to resemble civilians injured in some type of incident or to act as criminals on campus. Responding officials must treat the situation as a real encounter, taking appropriate action to assess the circumstances, injuries to civilians, possible threats and to take action – including moving through campus, making contact with and, ultimately, apprehending possible perpetrators or clearly defining and carrying out a triage plan.
The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their campuses. Civil penalties and suspension of student financial aid programs can be imposed for non-compliance.
If you have any questions, contact sergeant Bryan Dornbos at 509.370.4762.