The day-long exercise at 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. included more than 180 front-line personnel from San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, none of whom knew what to expect, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. The exercise had volunteers playing roles as victims and witnesses.
The purpose: "To prepare first responders from all public safety disciplines physically and mentally for a violent intruder on a college campus," the Sheriff's Office said in a written statement.
Feedback from participants was "extremely positive" and more such exercises are likely, the statement said.