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FCUSD, local first responders conduct drills for campus and community safety

Warning to viewers: Parts of this video contained in this article, which include police activity, guns, and simulated shootings, may be too intense for some audiences. 

The Folsom Cordova Unified School District’s top priority is the safety of our students and staff. As part of its community-developed Safety Action Plan, the District this summer worked with Rancho Cordova and Folsom Police and Fire departments to organize three active shooter training drills for officers and SWAT team members at all three comprehensive high school campuses: Cordova High, Folsom High, and Vista del Lago High. The drills used volunteers, who role played as students and staff, to make the situation more realistic to the officers in training.

During a training at Folsom High, Jennifer Serran, the District’s Risk Management Specialist, provided volunteers with resources on what to do in the event of an active shooter. She coordinated all three of the drills with law enforcement and provided steps explaining how to react, how to read your surroundings and what to do if all else fails. Volunteers also got some training through these exercises. 

Click here to watch a video of a recent drill at Folsom High. Warning to viewers: Parts of this video contained in this article, which include police activity, guns, and simulated shootings, may be too intense for some audiences. 

Many different situations were designed for first responders to read campuses and locate the “shooter.” Volunteers were given cue cards of what to do or say to play into the simulation. Officers in training needed to listen to the roleplayers, listen to the shots, stay focused on their priorities and effectively communicate with the other officers. Police departments utilized training time to prepare for the worst, however, this practice prepares all of us for any scale of emergency. 

For any questions about the District’s emergency preparedness, please contact Jennfier Serran at jserran@fcusd.org .

Thank you to our partners, including: 

Rancho Cordova Police Department, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department,  Sacramento Police Department,  Twin Rivers Police Department,  Roseville Police Department, West Sac Police Department,  Galt Police Department, Folsom Police Department, Folsom Fire Department, Folsom SWAT, Sac Metro Fire Department, Vista Del Lago High School, Cordova High School, Folsom High School,  Sergeant Lou Wright, Commander Mark Schanrock, School Resource Officer (SRO) Chad Friedrich, SRO Mitch Bates, SRO Wesley Davis, Fire Chief Felipe Rodriguez, Lieutenant Orrlando Mayes, SRO Jason Winkel, SRO Tracey Jacobs, SRO George Parsons, Captain Shawn Daly, Sergeant James Petrinovich, and all the volunteers for your devotion to community safety.

-Video and article by Sydni Fagan, Communication Internship Program, sfagan@fcusd.org