SAN MARCOS (KUSI) – California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) will conduct active shooter training exercises in conjunction with the San Marcos Fire Department this Wednesday, along with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and a number of other North County hospitals, fire and law enforcement agencies.
The drill comes in response to the increase of active shootings and recent tragic events such as those in San Bernardino, Calif.; Paris, France; Roseburg, Ore. and Colorado Springs, Colo.
According to a press release, CSUSM has made it a priority to ensure the campus community is well prepared for an active shooter emergency.
The drills, which will take place in the University Student Union, will include front line hospital staff as well as law enforcement and first responder agencies. Participating agencies include the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, City of San Marcos Fire Department, City of Escondido Fire and Police Departments, Palomar Hospital, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Rady Children’s Hospital.
Residents and motorists may notice emergency vehicles during the 9 a.m.-4 p.m. event, including medical helicopters, ambulances, fire trucks and patrol cars on campus and in the surrounding community.
Traffic control measures will be implemented throughout campus. “The safety and welfare of our campus community is our highest priority,” said Robert McManus, CSUSM chief of police. “Conducting and planning for this exercise will allow us to assess our emergency response, interagency coordination and recovery efforts after such an event.”