Casper College hosts active shooter drill

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Natrona County first responders participated in an active shooter drill at Casper College Saturday.

Casper Police officer participates in training drill.

An Exercise Design Team advocated for the exercise since the beginning of 2019. This team consists of personnel from Natrona County Emergency Management, local law enforcement, Wyoming Medical Center, Casper Fire-EMS Department, Casper College, Public Health and other officials from around the city.

“We work through these situations around a table first. Then we kind of refine our answers a little bit, find what’s realistic and then spread that out into a full scale exercise like we did today.” Said Michael Cavalier, Emergency Management Deputy Coordinator for Natrona County Emergency Management.

The active shooter was not the only threat in the exercise. Training also involved what steps to take if there are hazardous chemicals present on scene.

The partnership between agencies was a main focal point because if a situation like this does occur, they will be working closely together to resolve it.

Casper Police Department Public Information Officer, Rebekah Ladd echoed how important exercises like these are.

“Situations like today prepare us even more so to be able to respond quickly, eliminate the threat and save lives,” she said.

Casper College students and faculty assisted emergency personnel by being the actors during the drill.