“Emergency response training is invaluable for all agencies,” said First Sergeant D.M. Reece, Virginia State Police Area 29 Commander (Buchanan and Dickenson counties). “It’s not only important to be prepared to respond to an incident, but for all entities that could be involved in an event to share in that training and know their respective roles so they can coordinate quickly and effectively.”
The training, which was conducted on Feb. 20, 2017, included classroom instruction as well as practical scenarios. More than 300 faculty and staff members with the school division participated in the exercises.
Following the training, law enforcement and school division personnel discussed the scenarios as well as changes to existing or development of new school policies that could strengthen the response in the event of an emergency.
“The training and drill provided our staff with much needed insight for revising our current crisis plans and to be better able to respond in the event a crisis of this nature occurs,” said Melanie Hibbitts, Superintendent of Buchanan County Public Schools.
Virginia State Police provides emergency response training to other law enforcement or government agencies, school divisions and universities and businesses. It is designed to educate groups on emergency response during an incident, what to expect afterward and how to coordinate with local partner agencies to develop a response plan