Anthony Middle School is this year’s site for a joint active violence training exercise conducted by local emergency personnel.
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.
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.
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.
RCPD Captain Erin Freidline has been involved in the exercise for many years and says the officers get a lot of value from it.
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.