Scripps College to Participate in Emergency Drill with L.A. County First Responders

Los Angeles County Fire Department, in coordination with the Claremont Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, will conduct an active shooter drill at Scripps College on January 16, 17, and 18 between 7:00-11:00am, at the Scripps College Performing Arts Center. The drill will include personnel from several local Los Angeles County Fire Stations, the Claremont Police Department, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB – SWAT team). The training will also include the use of role-players, local ambulance service providers, and the Fire Department’s and Sheriff’s Department’s helicopters. The primary focus of the drill will be the treatment, handling, and removal of casualties from an active shooter scene by Fire Department personnel.

Helicopters will hover overhead with sheriff department snipers. All weapons used in the exercise will hold blanks.

The drill will be very loud between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. each day. Role playing “victims” will leave the theater screaming around 10:00 a.m. You will hear sirens from ambulances, police and sheriff vehicles, fire trucks, and paramedic vehicles.

Parking and traffic

Traffic and parking restrictions will be in place all three days. The Steele parking lot at the corner of Dartmouth and 11th will be used by emergency personnel, media, and observers and hold a check-in station. All personnel working in Steele should park in Scripps’ underground parking garage off of Mills. Please do not park on Dartmouth from 9th to12th as these streets will be utilized by various fire and ambulance companies as a staging area.

The Performing Arts Center parking lot will hold law enforcement vehicles. Personnel in the Scripps College Performing Arts Center should park in Scripps’ underground parking area. Other parking restrictions include very limited parking on Columbia Avenue (please follow instructions on signs), and no parking on 10th and 11th between Columbia and Dartmouth between 7:00 a.m. and noon. The McAlister parking lot will be closed each morning as a staging area for the role-playing victims and ambulance transport. Please do not park in the McAlister lot.

On Wednesday, local officials and media will be staging an observers’ box. Other key officials will observe Thursday and Friday. All of these individuals will have credentials to establish who they are and why they are on campus.

Signage will be placed around campus and surrounding entrances. The local neighborhood, and greater Claremont community, will be notified by the City.

I apologize for any inconvenience this causes to our community. We chose to participate because of the importance of these kinds of drills for the safety and security of our community and neighbors.

More information will be provided about the drill at a Claremont Colleges wide briefing on January 9, at 4:00 p.m. in Garrison Theater.