On Friday, July 11, 2014, the Downers Grove Police and Fire Departments, Midwestern University and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital will be conducting a training exercise involving an active shooter in a school scenario. The purpose of the exercise is to test the emergency preparedness of the participating agencies, determine effectiveness and see where improvements or adjustments are needed.
This training scenario will simulate an incident requiring field responders to perform the actions associated with an initial response to an active shooter in a school incident including;
- Threat neutralization
- Victim rescue
- Site security
- Crowd control
- Crisis communication
The event will be a combined effort with the Downers Grove Police and Fire Departments, Oak Brook Police Department, Lombard Police Department, Woodridge Police Department, Darien Police Department, Midwestern University, Downers Grove Grade School District 58, Community High School District 99, and Good Samaritan Hospital.
"Our goal is to prepare first responders, school personnel, and emergency medical providers using as much realism as possible. Of course we all hope something like this never happens, but working together in advance with our partners at the schools, hospital and neighboring agencies is the best way for everyone to be ready if this does occur," stated Downers Grove Police Chief Robert Porter.
"The safety and security of our faculty, staff and students is of utmost importance to Midwestern University. By partnering with our local community, we hope to increase awareness of the most effective and current techniques to secure a campus in the event of any unforeseen tragedy. Midwestern is proud to participate in this educational training" said Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer.
Those passing by Midwestern University in the early morning hours on July 11 may notice public safety vehicles arriving, however all event activity will take place on campus which will be closed to the public.