By Paul Rooney, Assistant Vice President, Safety/Security Risk Management, Campus Security Services
With the recent addition of the Central Florida Fire Institute at Valencia, the College’s public safety and security teams wanted to introduce interdisciplinary public safety training between regional law enforcement and fire rescue departments that not only forged a new partnership, but also enhanced local emergency response on our campuses.
On Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25, 2014, members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Orange County Fire Rescue Department hosted and introduced “Swift Assisted Victim Extraction” (S.A.V.E.) to the Central Florida Region at the Criminal Justice Institute.
The S.A.V.E. system is designed to enhance on-scene emergency care, recovery and extraction of persons involved in active shooter/mass casualty situations where standard EMS/fire procedures will not suffice. Survival Options Services in Burlington, Kentucky, developed the S.A.V.E. program that forges law enforcement and fire/EMS first responder capabilities.
S.A.V.E.’s seamless integration minimizes and mitigates the loss of life and serious bodily injury. The intense two-day training program promotes a highly-effective plan for developing and implementing procedures for rapidly extracting critically injured persons during an ongoing active shooter/mass shooting event.
On Monday, April 28 and Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Paul Rooney, assistant vice president of security, and Mike Favorit, manager of security, West Campus, hosted S.A.V.E. training on Valencia’s West Campus by Survival Options Services, Lieutenant Joe Scutero and Sargeant Bill Bartlett of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office of Homeland Security/Emergency Management Section.
Thirty-two law enforcement officers from 13 law enforcement agencies and 30 fire officers from 13 fire departments attended the April training session on West Campus and at a local high school.
The participating law enforcement agencies were the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando Police Department, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Mary Police Department, Saint Cloud Police Department, Edgewood Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Winter Park Police Department, Fort Pierce Police Department, Kissimmee Police Department, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office and the Winter Garden Police Department.
Participating fire departments were the Orange County Fire Rescue, Orlando Fire Department, Edgewater Fire, GOAA-Orlando International Airport, Osceola County Fire Rescue, Saint Cloud Fire Rescue, Maitland Fire Rescue, Rural Metro, Casselberry Fire Department, Winter Park Fire Department, St. Lucie County Fire Rescue, Kissimmee Fire Department and the Clermont Fire Department.
Additionally, Survival Options Services hosted a VIP presentation on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, to promote this contemporary emergency response to regional law enforcement, fire and private-sector officials.
As a result of this training, many of local emergency responders are now familiar with Valencia’s West Campus facilities and can respond much more effectively to this location.
The goal of the College’s public safety and security teams are to host this training several more times in the future on all Valencia campuses. Valencia thanks our local emergency responders for their participation in this training, and we are a proud partner of all public safety and security training in Orange and Osceola counties.