College, Alamance County Partner for ‘Active Shooter’ Exercise

Alamance Community College, in conjunction with Burlington emergency response personnel, participated in a Joint Emergency Exercise at the Dillingham Center – the College’s Burlington campus in the Burlington Outlet Village — on the afternoon of June 23.

Anyone near the scene witnessed a large number of law enforcement and emergency vehicles on-site as this real-world scenario of two active shooters was played out to test how well the College functions and communicates while working with Burlington emergency responders. This simulation was preceded by a joint table-top exercise and several planning meetings.

“This exercise went very well as ACC personnel gathered on the main campus to deal with this emergency scenario that tested our communication skills and ability to follow our campus emergency response plan,” said ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood. “While we discovered areas for improvement, this was an excellent way to perfect our plan in the event we ever have to face such an event. I commend our College personnel, including our Public Safety team, who shared their expertise, as well as all the emergency responders — City of Burlington Police and Fire departments, Alamance Emergency Medical Services, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, and the Office of Emergency Management.”

This was the second time in five years that Alamance Community College partnered with local law enforcement, fire and rescue for a large-scale campus emergency simulation. The College routinely holds other drills such as evacuation, shelter-in-place and lock down at both the Graham and Burlington campuses.

“We are far better off now as a College to deal with such a scenario,” added Dr. Gatewood. “Although we sincerely hope such an event never occurs on our campus, it is far better to be prepared. We will continue to work to ensure that we maintain a safe campus for our students, faculty, staff, and guests. With this in mind, we plan to participate in an additional Active Assailant Drill on July 7.”