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Health / Safety

CSU hosts training, simulates injuries

March 1, 2012

Colorado State University is partnering with emergency responders in the city and county in a training exercise from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 14.

police car lightsThe exercise will simulate a high number of injuries and fatalities from a gunman on the CSU campus and is intended to provide local safety and health officials with a realistic situation in which to practice their response and teamwork.

The exercise will be held south of the Durrell Center on Plum Street/North Drive. Access to the Durrell Center and areas of Moby, including the North concourse, will be restricted during the exercise, and the recreational fields also will be used during part of the exercise.

This training involves Colorado State University Police Department and other university emergency responders, Poudre Fire Authority, Fort Collins Police Services, Larimer County Sherriff’s Department and Poudre Valley Health Systems.

Exercise gives community emergency responders practice working together

This exercise is designed to help emergency personnel practice their response to a large-scale disaster involving numerous injured people. While this exercise focuses on a response to a gunman, the practice these agencies will gain by working together in this exercise can translate many various situations in which a significant number people’s lives and safety are threatened, including a natural disaster.

The exercise will include 30-40 hired actors who will simulate people who are wounded or deceased. A medical helicopter also will land near the scene to evacuate the wounded as part of the exercise.

Do not call 9-1-1 for information during the exercise

“We are alerting the public about the exercise so that people are aware that there is no need to call 9-1-1 if they see the activity,” said Chief Wendy Rich-Goldschmidt, Colorado State University Police Department. “The exercise will be highly visual and we don’t want it to cause concern within the community.”  

Most people participating in the exercise will be wearing bright colored safety vests to help minimize confusion that this is a drill and not a real disaster.

The exercise is planned with the assistance of all agencies involved, and funding is provided by Poudre Fire Authority, which received a grant for the exercise.

Road closures and building access restricted

The exercise will also include portions of Moby and the recreational fields. A portion of Plum Street, from Shields Street to the Corbett Hall parking lot, also will be blocked off to accommodate the exercise but will be reopened as soon as possible after the conclusion of the exercise.

Information about the exercise also will be available at

Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009