YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown State University is using the off-week between spring semester and the start of summer classes to host large-scale emergency response training.
On Tuesday, nearly 100 local, state and even federal first responders are getting the latest information. Tuesday’s training will focus specifically on terrorist attacks along with weapons of mass destruction and mass casualties.
The school isn’t conducting the training, just hosting it. Campus police will be participating.
YSU Public Information Officer Ron Cole says they already do have an emergency plan but this is just another way stay on top of any scenario, should the worst happen. “Our security issues on campus are evolving almost on a weekly and daily basis and the best practices for responding are changing as well”, says Cole.
The school will remain open and business will be conducted as usual.
But expect to see a large number of uniformed officers, first responders, and students playing the roles of victims, A helicopter may even land on university grounds at some point.
Training is also taking place at YSU on Thursday.