Students, faculty and staff got the opportunity to participate in an active shooter training exercise Oct. 14. The drill was a collaborative effort by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) safety services and facilities operations and maintenance departments, and the Texas Tech Police Department.
“Because of recent violence that has affected campuses across the nation, TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange and the Texas Tech Police Department determined that there was a need for our people to practice responding to a similar scenario,” Texas Tech Police Department Lieutenant George Stoltz said.
The emergency exercise began at noon, when student and staff volunteers were given preliminary information during a pre-drill presentation. The three-hour practice ended at approximately 3 p.m.
“The goal of providing student, staff and faculty an opportunity to practice safety techniques during an emergency lockdown situation allowed responders to also gain invaluable experience,” Stoltz said. “All who participated were very thankful for the chance to participate.”
Although this exercise was confined to the Medical Education Building (MEB), future drills are being planned for the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON), the Academic Education Center (AEC) and Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso located at 4801 Alberta Avenue.
Departments interested in receiving additional active shooter response training are asked to contact the Texas Tech Police Department.