SF staff and Alachua County Fire Rescue personnel outside the SFPD Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Santa Fe College Staff Attend Emergency Management Training

Alachua County Emergency Management Director John Shaw (left), and SFPD Chief Ed Book discuss the tornado scenario training exercise with the SF Emergency Management team.
Alachua County Emergency Management Director John Shaw (left), and SFPD Chief Ed Book discuss the tornado scenario training exercise with the SF Emergency Management team.

July 31, 2018 – Santa Fe College employees toured the new SFPD building Tuesday morning, not only to see the recently-opened facility, but also to get valuable information about safety and security at the college. The Emergency Management Readiness Exercise was staffed by both SFPD as well as community partners that included Alachua County Fire Rescue, Sheriff’s Office, Public Health, Gainesville Fire Rescue, Gainesville Amateur Radio Society and Gainesville Regional Utilities.

SF Emergency Management (EM) team members also participated in a FEMA designed training exercise. The scenario enabled the EM team to coordinate efforts and resources in an EF3 tornado were to touch down near the Northwest Campus. SFPD Chief Ed Book said these kinds of training exercises are vital to maintaining a safe campus for students and staff alike.