Warner Robins, Ga. – Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) Division of Health Sciences and CGTC Police are partnering with the Warner Robins, Perry, and Centerville Fire and Police Departments, Houston Healthcare, Houston County Emergency Management, Houston County Fire Department, Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Houston County 911, Region-5 Trauma and Air Evac, and other regional emergency response personnel to create a joint field training exercise designed to simulate a real-world, on-campus, active shooter incident.
Multi-agency community training is critical for enhancing the work done by each agency. This is the third year CGTC has hosted the event and is excited for its return to the first responder community as well as students. Students train through the Medical Association of Georgia Medical Reserve Corps Student Unit to provide valuable medical care with the purpose of preparing active student members as civilian responders in the event of a mass casualty incident.
In addition to testing the skills of first responders, this event will also serve to promote the community-focused service provided by each organization.
The “injured” individuals and damage depicted are designed to simulate the events of an active shooter incident. This is not a real incident. Training in this manner provides a realistic look and feel to best prepare for a response to a real incident. This is only a drill.
Volunteers have been given details about their role in the training and will go through orientations and prepare leading up to the event. The groups represented in the training are grateful to all the partners and volunteers who make this event possible.
“Year after year, this training has proven to be a productive exercise in interagency communication and improvement to emergency response for each group,” said Dr. Alvin Harmon, CGTC’s dean of Health Sciences. “Our students and faculty will grow from this unique environment alongside professionals in real-world settings. We value teamwork in healthcare and there is not a better way to show it than with this type of event.”
“We are very grateful for the opportunity to participate in this exercise over the past couple of years,” says Captain Clay Chambers of the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, “I believe it is very beneficial to all parties involved.”
Central Georgia Technical College
Central Georgia Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, offers credit instruction, adult education, and customized business and industry training through traditional and distance education delivery designed to promote community and workforce development. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees and many programs hold industry-specific accreditations, licensure, and approvals from various state and national agencies. CGTC continues to contribute to economic and workforce development in its eleven-county service area and throughout the State of Georgia.
Medical Association of Georgia Medical Reserve Corps the Medical Association of Georgia
Medical Reserve Corps (MAG MRC) is a physician-led organization of volunteer physicians and other healthcare workers who donate their time, training, and expertise to prepare for the eventual deployment and then to help care for citizens of Georgia faced with a large-scale healthcare emergency that threatens to overwhelm the normal local or state healthcare capabilities.
The MAG MRC is designed to be a quick-response team for deployments of up to 3 days, then to be relieved by other government agencies. For the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic response, the deployment lasted two months before standing down. For more information, please visit www.MAGMRC.org