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Large-Scale Active Shooter Emergency Drill Scheduled for January 16-18

Members of the Pomona College Community Emergency Response Team and President David Oxtoby work with Sergeant Desire Flores of Claremont College's Campus Safety during the three-day active shooter emergency training session in January 2013. From left: Ralph McCall, Jim Calderon, President David Oxtoby, Steve Guzman, and Johnny Salazar.

Members of the Pomona College Community Emergency Response Team and President David Oxtoby work with Sergeant Desire Flores of Claremont College's Campus Safety during the three-day active shooter emergency training session in January 2013. From left: Ralph McCall, Jim Calderon, President David Oxtoby, Steve Guzman, and Johnny Salazar.

SWAT team member suspended from helicopter during active shooter emergency drill at the Claremont Colleges on Wednesday, January 16

SWAT team member suspended from helicopter during active shooter emergency drill at the Claremont Colleges on Wednesday, January 16

Scripps College will be the site of an active shooter drill for the Los Angeles County Fire Department in coordination with the Claremont Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on January 16, 17 and 18, 2013, between 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The Claremont Colleges are participating in this training because of the importance of these kinds of drills in increasing the safety and security of our community and our neighbors.

The primary focus of the drill will be the treatment, handling and removal of casualties from an active shooter scene by Fire Department personnel. Helicopters will hover overhead with Sheriff Department snipers. All weapons used in the exercise will hold blanks.

The first-responders will use Garrison Theater and surrounding areas (including the McAlister parking lot) to conduct a practice drill. The other Claremont Colleges are providing resources such as use of their fields for landing helicopters and use of personnel to form CERT teams and provide role-players. We do not anticipate related activity on Pomona’s campus.

The drill will include 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 will also include the use of role-players, local ambulance service providers and the Fire Department’s and Sheriff’s Department’s helicopters.

The drill will be very loud between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. each day. Role-playing "victims" will leave the theater screaming around 10 a.m. You will hear sirens from ambulances, police and sheriff vehicles, fire trucks, and paramedic vehicles, as well as helicopters from the Police and Fire Departments.

Traffic and parking restrictions will be in place all three days. The Steele parking lot at the corner of Dartmouth and 11th will be used by emergency personnel, media, and observers and hold a check-in station. Please do not park on Dartmouth from 9th to 12th as these streets will be utilized by various fire and ambulance companies as a staging area.

The Performing Arts Center parking lot will hold law enforcement vehicles. Other parking restrictions include no parking on Columbia Avenue between 9:30 and noon, and no parking on 10th and 11th between Columbia and Dartmouth between 7 a.m. and noon. The McAlister parking lot (across from Walker Hall and near ITS and the Lincoln and Edmunds Buildings) will be closed each morning as a staging area for the role-playing victims and ambulance transport.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, local officials and media will be staging an observers' box. Other key officials will observe Thursday and Friday. All of these individuals will have credentials to establish who they are and why they are on campus.

Signage will be placed around campus and surrounding entrances. The local neighborhood, and greater Claremont community, will be notified by the City of Claremont.

More information will be provided about the drill at a Claremont Colleges wide briefing on January 9, at 4 p.m. in Garrison Theater.

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