January 14, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- Wind blew the smell of gunfire in the air. You can hear gunshots and people screaming. There are many dead and injured people. A shooter is at large on campus. The chaos during a school shooting is real, but it’s only a drill.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department hosted a mock shooting scenario this week to practice a response to a gunman on the loose at Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego. The drills were held on January 10th and 12th from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sheriff’s Deputies held the exercise with officers from the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College Police, El Cajon Police, La Mesa Police, California Highway Patrol (CHP) and personnel from San Miguel Consolidated Fire Protection District.
Deputies and officers enter as teams to stop and eliminate the threat as well as locate the suspect and victim/s. Each scenario takes 45‐minutes and a host of evaluators were on hand to watch.
The goal is to expose first responders to a variety of active shooter scenarios and practice tactics, movements, positions in entering and clearing a room, communication via radio or hand and arm signals, locating and removing victims, providing security for paramedics, finding evacuation routes, establishing a rescue plan and what to do when a team member is down.
Campus was not in session for the winter break. “Training in Progress” signs and crime scene tape were placed around the site warning people to avoid the area. Mannequins played the role of the victims. Deputies and officers participated in the training as their schedules permitted so, there was no overtime involved.
You can also watch the video on the Sheriff’s You Tube Channel http://bit.ly/AnCnln