Emergency Preparedness Drill
10 a.m. – 12 noon
Floyd County Campus
(Rome, GA) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) department of Safety and Security will be joined by local law enforcement and emergency responders for a day of training and simulated emergencies on Tuesday, August 12.
The training will include information on responding to active shooters and a hostage situation. It will take place at the Floyd County Campus between 10 a.m. and noon.
“The administration and faculty of GNTC is very focused on the safety or our students, visitors, and staff,” said Pete McDonald, president of GNTC. “As everyone is aware many unfortunate events have occurred on college and school campuses in recent years. Our goal is to prepare ourselves as best possible in the event of a future threat on any of our five campuses.”
The exercise will be a scenario that involves an active shooter on campus. It will be a hostage situation that will involve a SWAT team. The police department will set up a perimeter around the school and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will simulate accessing the patients. Volunteers will include GNTC faculty and staff playing the role of victims, assailants, and by-standers.
“We are looking at trying to be proactive as opposed to reactive,” said Tim Herrington, acting director of Floyd County Emergency Management. “This training is going to help GNTC and the first responder agencies work better together to prepare in the event of an emergency.”
Georgia Northwestern will be assisted by the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency, Rome City Police, Rome Fire Department, Rome 911 Center, Floyd County Police, Redmond Regional EMS, Floyd Medical Center EMS, Floyd County Schools, and others.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.