Members of the Klamath Falls S.W.A.T. Team will be on site at Klamath Community College on Tuesday, December 11, to administer a role play training for college employees. S.W.A.T. Team members will train employees on proper response to a variety of potential emergency incidents, including having an active shooter on campus.
“You never want to think about the worst case scenario,” said KCC President Roberto Gutierrez, “but as administrators, we would be remiss if we did not make sure our employees are trained for any possible occurrence. This is all about safety: the safety of our employees as well as our students.”
The training exercise provides benefit to S.W.A.T. Team members as well, who will gain a better understanding of the facilities and layout of KCC, should they ever be called on to respond to an incident at the college.
S.W.A.T. Team personnel and equipment may be visible to passersby during the training. “We want to make sure the public is aware that this is an exercise so they do not become alarmed by the sight of emergency personnel on campus,” said KCC Campus Safety Specialist Dennis Narron. “This is a great opportunity for us to improve our safety procedures.”
Buildings 3 and 6 will remain open for previously scheduled events during the training, but all other buildings on campus will be closed. Visitors to KCC will find available staff in Building 3, however; the Administrative and Student Services departments will be closed, as will the Learning Resources Center and KCC Bookstore. All services will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12.