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Calhoun Community College hosts mass-casualty disaster drill

The exercise, involving a simulated "active-shooter" scenario, was held at the Visual Arts Building in downtown Decatur at the Alabama Center for the Art.
Credit: Calhoun Community College
Calhoun Community College mock disaster drill

DECATUR, Ala. — The Calhoun Community College Police Department and Decatur Police Department held a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) drill in and around the Visual Arts Building in downtown Decatur at the Alabama Center for the Arts, 133 2nd Ave NE, Decatur, AL. The mock disaster involved an "active shooter" scenario.

According to Calhoun Community COllege, over the last several years, mock drill scenarios have included a bomb threat, bus crash, threat to persons/property as well as an active shooter incident. So that students, staff and visitors to the campus will not confuse the drill with a real situation, notices have gone out across the college as well as to local public safety officials.

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“The Annual Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) drill is a vital form of training for not only our students, but our faculty and staff as well,” commented Dr. Joe Burke, Calhoun Interim President. “One can never prepare enough for the “unthinkable”, so we create these types of situations to ensure our students who are pursuing careers in the public safety and health fields receive the best form of real-life training during high-stress situations,” added Burke.

With a high volume of first responders on the scene, including police and fire crews as well as student involved in the drill, yellow warning signs reading “Active Simulation in Progress” were posted to make people aware of the situation.

Many hospitals and academic accreditations now desire this type of training to document the level of training employees and students receive while employed/enrolled.

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