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Crisis Drill Promotes Safety

Published: August 05, 2016

CHENEY, Washington  - As part of its effort to improve campus safety and prepare for a campus crisis, the Eastern Washington University Police Department will host an extensive active shooter training drill on Wednesday, Aug. 24, on the Cheney campus.

The multi-agency exercise will include about 75 emergency response personnel from around the region, as well as actors who will play the role of civilians for the training scenario.

"It is critical we continually test our ability to respond to emergency situations on a college campus," says EWU Police Chief Tim Walters. "This training allows us to evaluate our emergency management plans so we can create a safe campus environment for students, staff and faculty."

Training will begin with keynote speaker Claudia Bonilla, special agent with the FBI. Participants will then remain in a classroom setting at the JFK Library Auditorium to discuss ways to address active threats.

The drill will move outside from 4-8 p.m. to the area around the PHASE building off Washington St. for a series of mock emergency scenarios.


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