Ripon Police Chief Bill Wallner, left, instructs district staff about procedures during the Tuesday morning active-threat training.
Ripon Police Chief Bill Wallner, left, instructs district staff about procedures during the Tuesday morning active-threat training.

   The Ripon Area School District along with the city of Ripon emergency service providers, including Ripon Police Department, Ripon Guardian Ambulance and the Ripon Area Fire District, participated in a live training exercise of an active-threat event.

   This training was an effort to continue the education and training of personnel, from both the emergency responders in the community, as well as the Ripon Area School District, in the proper response to an active-threat incident.

   Over the past several years, both groups have worked on increasing the cooperation, training, education and preparedness for such an event in the city of Ripon. The training included emergency response and radio traffic, and was designed to provide a level of training important in these scenarios.

   “The level of coordination between emergency response teams in Ripon is incredible,” Superintendent Mary Whitrock said. “We are all learning to work in sync to secure the location, provide care to individuals who may be injured and get students and staff safely home. Through this training we now have a greater understanding of how communication will flow and who will be responsible for all of the different elements of the process.”

   She added that each time the staff completes a training, “I am reminded of how fast things will move and yet how long it will actually take to ensure all students are safely back in the care of their family. Communication will be extremely important. Resources and personnel will be flooding in from other cities and we need to know how to work together.
 
   “This school year our goal will be to help educate our parents and students about the reunification process and how they can help in the event of an emergency. While our first instinct as parents is to go to the event location to get our children and bring them home, that is the opposite of what our emergency teams are telling us.”

   Whitrock noted the district will work to get accurate information out to families about where they can find information and what they can expect through the reunification process.

   For more information, call Whitrock at 748-4600.