By R.V. Baugus
The University of Idaho was the latest university to receive safety and security training from IAVM Director of Safety & Security Mark Herrera. The Moscow, Idaho, university went beyond having the training to just its campus as the meeting extended to two individuals from the University of Washington.
Stuart Taylor, Associate Director of Multi-use Facilities at the University, took a few minutes to share what the training meant for his team.
Was this Mark’s first time to train your team and what was the thinking behind having him come do this at the University?
Yes, it was the first time to have Mark come and do a training for us. Our thinking was to get as many staff as possible get crowd manager trained. This was also one step in building our security and guest service training programs. This training has provided us with some of the tools that we will need to accomplish this.
What were some of the specific topics/areas of his training?
Situational Awareness, De-Escalation, Active Threat/Active Shooter, and Crowd Manager program.
How many did he train and were they all staff there at the University?
We had 44 people in attendance. Two members were from the University of Washington. All the rest were from the University of Idaho from different departments on campus. We had tech staff, custodial, concession, guest service and security, special events from campus, and Jazzfest staff.
How was the training received amongst the attendees?
Staff liked what was presented.
How will you utilize the training?
This training is another step in our development of our guest service and security programs. It also provided training to the other departments as to what role they play in our facilities, especially during an emergency.
Does the training carry extra significance (and if so, how) in light of the horrible killing of the four students?
This training is one more step for our staff in how to help make our events and guests feel safe and comfortable on campus.