August 8, 2013
Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Administration, faculty, staff, and campus security responded to mock shootings this morning at the College’s Campus View student housing facility. The active shooter drills were staged to test the response of the campus community as well as local police agencies.
There were three drills in all, each with the same scenario: a gunman or pair of gunmen went inside of the College’s student housing facilities and took shots at College personnel and students. Some survived while others did not.
“With the horrific situations that have happened on college campuses across the nation, we have to make sure we are prepared [in the unlikely event that something like this] should happen here,” said FM President Dr. Dustin Swanger. Swanger, along with the College’s Incident Command Team, were set-up in the Public Safety Office keeping in constant communication with campus safety officers.
Local law enforcement agencies participated in the drill as well as GAVAC, the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
“When a life threatening event happens, area agencies need to respond in a timely manner. It’s important for us to work together and be on the same page. Of course there were a few glitches, but that’s the reason behind the training, to figure it out now” said Mark Pierce, FM’s Director of Public Safety.