Holyoke Community College hosted an emergency preparedness drill Wednesday, May 29th to give state and local law enforcement agencies the opportunity to practice responding to an active shooter incident on campus.
The day-long exercise included participants from local, regional and state public safety and medical response agencies, as well as student actors portraying the shooter and victims. The drill allowed the college and groups involved in public safety to test their emergency response systems and crisis management practices.
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Photos: (Left) A state police emergency medicatl technician volunteers to test a state-of-the-art peel-and-stick mask that protects the wearerr from pepper spray and other airborne contaminants. (Right) Police carrying water pistols search for an "active shooter" during an emergency drill at Holyoke Community College.