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Safety Training for Active Shooter Response on CWI Campus encourages partnerships

January 8, 2016

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, multiple first responders took part in active shooter response training at the College of Western Idaho (CWI) Nampa Campus Micron Center for Professional Technical Education.  

Participants numbered at over 150, which included volunteers, CWI staff, actors, police departments, fire departments, paramedic and ambulance services.

“This was an invaluable experience for our Treasure Valley Law Enforcement partners to be able to participate in a training of such caliber,” Nampa Police Chief Joe Huff noted.

The scenario was designed to elicit a multi-jurisdictional response to include all first responders who would actually be involved in an active shooter incident. The responders included officers who were there to deal with the suspected shooters, CWI security who assisted officers with layouts of the building, fire and ambulance personnel who set up triage areas and treated the wounded.

“We really want to thank the CWI staff and all our first responder partners for taking part in these efforts to keep our community prepared for what I pray we will never have to experience,” Huff said.

Participants included Nampa Police, Ada County Sherriff’s Department, Boise City Police, Canyon County Sherriff’s Department, Meridian Police, Nampa Fire, and Ada County and Canyon County Paramedics. Many volunteers as well as CWI staff and students were also on scene to take part in the experience.

“We are incredibly thankful for the opportunity to partner with the Nampa Police Department and other agencies who brought this very valuable training experience to our campus,” says Jeff Flynn, CWI’s executive director of facilities planning and management. “Exercises like this play an important role in providing continued campus safety and ensuring an appropriate response in the event of an emergency. The training exercise this week helps us evaluate our preparedness and planning for future training. We look forward to continued opportunities for our campus community in the coming year.”

The group is expecting to meet within a week to discuss details of the event to highlight training points.