The Canfield Local School District is opening its doors to the Canfield Police and Fire Department to conduct their annual Critical Incident Response Drill on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at Canfield High School.
Assistant Police Chief Scott Weamer says, “This is a yearly drill where safety forces practice tactical and medic training in one of the school buildings. We also review the School Emergency Plans that are written in conjunction with us.” Joe Knoll, Superintendent says, “Working together to establish protocols helps to ensure the response to critical incidents can be more manageable. This is one reason why training inside of our buildings is essential.” After emergency plans are written, they are approved by Homeland Security.
This year the Canfield Fire Department will focus on Warm Zone Extraction. Fire Captain Troy Kolar says, “Warm Zone Extraction is where medics practice safely entering a building before the all clear is given. This is a technique that will allow us to safely extract individuals when normally we are not able to get medical treatment to people.” The Canfield Fire Department has eleven Tactical Medics who are trained to go hand in hand with law enforcement. Kolar says, “Normally we wait until law enforcement clears everything however these medics, in full body armor and helmets, can enter and potentially save lives earlier.”
School District staff will not be participating in this drill. The School District reviewed safety plans with all staff before the first day of school. Knoll says, “This year we held a tabletop drill where scenarios were presented and discussed.” All district staff is ALICE trained and teachers reinforce ALICE principles with students throughout the year. The ALICE program is used in districts across the country and equips teachers and students with what they need to know to better their chances of survival in an emergency situation.
Knoll states, “Even though this is a standard yearly drill we wanted to let the community know that they may see an extra police presence at CHS this Saturday. We do not want anyone alarmed.”
The drill on Saturday will not interrupt public safety services.