College Holds Emergency Training Exercise
Moberly Area Community College and area law enforcement and emergency agencies conducted a training exercise on the Moberly campus today. Participants included members of the Moberly Fire and Police Departments, Randolph County Sheriff's Department, Highway Patrol, Randolph County Ambulance district and MACC personnel.
"We never want to experience an event such as this on our campus, but we have to be prepared and be ready to act accordingly," said Dr. Jeff Lashley, MACC President. "We're very grateful for the guidance and support of the area agencies that were here today. It was a great learning experience for everyone involved."
The event included a dangerous intruder scenario in one of the buildings and a simulated campus lockdown. The test was an opportunity for the college and first-responders to test processes and hone skills in the case of an actual emergency.
"As law enforcement officers, we value the lives of our citizens," said Randolph County Sheriff Mark Nichols. "We hope for the best, but train for the worst. This type of training gives faculty and students an idea of what to expect and minimizes casualties."
Throughout the year, campus security officers conduct workshops to train college employees on appropriate actions to take during emergency situations.
"We're committed to the safety of our students, faculty and staff," said Lori Perry, MACC Security Director. "We can't anticipate every issue, but we do provide a framework for our employees to use that's based on feedback from national and local law enforcement."
Today's training exercise was requested by the College to bring multiple agencies together onto the campus to improve communication between personnel in the event of an emergency.
"Training situations such as these allow us all to be better prepared to serve those people in our community who rely upon us." Moberly Police Chief Russell Tarr said. "Any public assistance service, whether law enforcement, EMS, or fire services, has to coordinate their efforts, train together and operate as a team. Inter-agencies must take opportunities like this and share resources because no one agency has all the answers."