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News - July 30, 2014

'Active shooter' exercise at Canada College

In what was said to be a first for the Bay Area, first responders from law enforcement, firefighting, communications and emergency medical care gathered at Canada College in Woodside on July 18 for an unrehearsed exercise in dealing with a fabricated "active shooter" scenario.

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.

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