OROSI – First responders across Tulare County plan to conduct an active shooter training on Saturday morning at Orosi High School to prepare law enforcement, fire department, ambulance and hospital personnel for crisis situations.
The training will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Dec. 2, with the live exercise taking place between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Residents in the area should not be alarmed by the presence of emergency services at the high school.
According to a press release from the Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE), the training will be used to demonstrate the capabilities of ActVnet, a web-based emergency response system developed by TCOE in 2018. It will also serve as the semi-annual emergency room training for the Kaweah Health Medical Center in Visalia.
The training will start with a 911 call to a dispatcher, who will activate the response system and help direct the first responders to the intruder. There will also be a triage center as part of the exercise, and individuals acting as victims will be taken to the Kaweah Health Medical Center for its training.
The TCOE press release said that the information and communication capabilities ActVnet has allows first responders to reduce their response times in crisis situations, which proves to be vital in saving peoples’ lives.
“ActVnet was a valuable contribution to the Federal Bureau of Investigation School Safety Symposiums, and even more importantly, to both the education and law enforcement sectors as a whole,” Sean Ragan, an FBI Special Agent in Charge from the Sacramento Field Office, said in the press release.
When activated, ActVnet provides law enforcement personnel with real-time access to live camera feeds on school grounds and includes other site details, such as emergency protocols, building plans and school personnel information. It also features aerial photography of school campuses, 360-degree views of all classrooms, a one-way messaging feature and a student wellbeing and location feature.
“The live video feeds give dispatchers situational awareness, making real-time communication and coordination between first responders and schools feasible,” the press release said. “ActVnet’s web-based architecture can be utilized on a range of devices, making it a great asset for both schools and law enforcement agencies.”
Personnel involved will include first responders from American Ambulance of Visalia, Cal Fire, the Dinuba, Visalia and Tulare County fire departments, California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Kaweah Health and the Exeter, Farmersville, Lindsay, Porterville, Tulare, Visalia and Woodlake police departments.