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Law enforcement, fire unit teams stage training drills at William Jessup University

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Law enforcement and fire department teams from multiple Placer County agencies staged a Rescue Task Force event Aug. 9 on the William Jessup University campus in Rocklin.

About 50 law enforcement officers and firefighters participated in several different scenarios at the campus. Participating agencies included the Rocklin, Lincoln, Roseville and Auburn police departments, and the Placer District Attorney’s office.

“This is tremendous training for local law enforcement and fire units,” said Paul Ybarra, William Jessup University’s campus safety director. “It was also beneficial that they were on our campus, so they will know the layout in case something would ever happen here. It helped my (security) team understand how we can work more efficiently with local agencies.”

All activities consisted of drills and not actual emergencies. The Rocklin Police Department sent out emails and text messages to residents the night  prior to the training sessions, making them aware of the staged drill.

Bringing all the local agencies together for a training session like this one hadn’t been done in two years, according to Lt. Scott Horrillo of the Rocklin Police Department.

“William Jessup University allowed us to come on its campus to train for active shooter responses. It’s very important for us to train as a county because not many agencies are large enough to respond to an incident of this size by themselves,” Horrillo said. “This allows us to get acquainted and work together with other agencies and their personnel.”

The active shooter and intentional mass casualty incidents focused on first responding law-enforcement personnel, first responding fire personnel, unified command, rescue task-force components, and warm and cold zone operations.

The active shooter scenarios were executed in a realistic manner. The William Jessup campus erupted in simulated gun fire from law enforcement and screaming victims with fake blood. After apprehending the shooter, teams of triage units took center stage as victims’ needs were administered.

William Jessup faculty and students made up much of the volunteer “victims” and campus bystanders.

“We made sure all the victims and role players knew what their job was so we could make it as realistic as possible for the law enforcement and fire teams,” Ybarra said.