RCPD and others hold joint training on active violence at Anthony College

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RCPD officials walk into Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School during a joint active violence exercise in this file photo from July 11, 2019. (Brandon Peoples/KMAN)

Anthony Middle School is this year’s site for a joint active violence training exercise conducted by local emergency personnel.

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It’s USD 383 Chairman of the Board Curt Herrman. The exercise will take place from Tuesday to Thursday. The purpose of the exercise is to streamline inter-agency cooperation during a crisis situation.

RCPD Administrative Captain Josh Kyle says part of the training is to improve response times to get to the injured. As a general rule, he says EMS and fire will not enter a building until police give the all clear.

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Kyle says that a few years ago they encountered a scenario where fire alarms went off in a school building during a response, creating communication issues between agencies.

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Local officials from RCPD, Manhattan Fire, Riley County EMS and other area agencies have partnered with $383 schools each year to conduct the drill, rotating between each of the district’s buildings. Superintendent Dr. Marvin Wade says training doesn’t end once the drill is over.

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RCPD Captain Erin Freidline has been involved in the exercise for many years and says the officers get a lot of value from it.

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Guests living near Anthony Middle School are advised that a large number of emergency vehicles will be in the parking lot along with signs indicating that a drill is in progress.

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