Santa Fe Higher Education Center to Hold Shooter-on-Campus Drill, Nov. 20

In an ongoing and concerted effort to provide training and preparation for the realities of working in a modern public institution, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center (1950 Siringo Rd) will hold a shooter-on-campus drill from approximately 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Nov. 20, 2019. Participation of those at the HEC is essential to rollout this crucial exercise — which will involve employees and students at HEC, as well as a number of external emergency agencies.

Disruptions will primarily occur during the span of the actual exercise – 9 to 10 a.m. Wraparound preparations will take place from 8 to 9 a.m., with completion tasks scheduled between 10 to 11am. Please note, changes to times or drill locations may occur.

The HEC will remain open on Nov. 20.

Note that there will be disruptions to classes, services and regular work while this exercise plays out. In planning for this event, please hold classes and activities as planned, with the understanding that a take-over drill will take place and HEC students and staff are asked to participate.

No drills or related activities will take place on the main Santa Fe Community College campus on this date.

Please consider this drill as part of an ongoing educational process to maximize the safety of our college community. Research continues to show that drills and exercises like these are cited as highly valuable when mitigating the impact of real world emergencies. (Find a recent example in Modern Healthcare’s article “Mercy shooting highlights importance of drills, preparing staff.”)

You can find more details below. Thank you for helping to keep the Higher Education Center safe.


The plan applies to the November 20, 2019 drill. The drill will be a campus-wide drill that will include students, staff, and faculty.  Adjunct faculty are invited to participate. These divisions will receive individualized training at a later date.

The purpose of this plan is to identify the proposed actions and responsibilities to be taken by the different Law Enforcement, Medical Emergency agencies and the Higher Education Center (HEC). The drill will be a coordinated training process between all agencies involved and with HEC/SFCC.  The Law Enforcement and Medical Emergencies agencies are the agencies that will respond to an Active Shooter event at SFCC.  These are the County Sheriff, County Emergency Management, City Police and the City Emergency Management.

The goals of the drill are as follows:

  1. Provide realistic training to the campus community to better manage an emergency and an active shooter event.
  2. Empower the campus community to protect themselves by providing best practice training.
  3. Develop better communication and collaboration with law enforcement and medical responders.


Communication, information, training and procedures on the shooter on campus drill will be provided to students, faculty and staff.  The campus community will receive hands-on training on procedures, in addition information will be sent out to all students, faculty, and staff through all available HEC information outlets.

C-Cert team members will be in the hallways for the duration of the drill.

Public Access

Information will be made available to visitors, vendors, contractors and the general public about the drill and campus and building access.


C-CERT will provide assistance and help facilitate the Drill.  They will coordinate with Safety and Security, Law Enforcement and Medical responders.  The C-CERT Team will receive additional training on shooter on campus and will respond to medical emergencies during the drill.

Drill Schedule:

  • 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.    Staging by law enforcement and emergency management
  • 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.    Safety & Security, and CERT Team review of drill procedures, contact, and campus comm.
  • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.   Drill will be announced on PA and other HEC notification systems
  • 10 a.m.    End of drill will be announced on PA and other HEC notification systems
  • 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Debriefing and review of shooter on campus drill by agencies involved

Debriefing after the Drill:

There will be small debriefing sessions with schools and/or departments. Noe Villarreal will facilitate those debriefing sessions

For more information, please contact Noe Villarreal at 505-428-1825 or Chris Gettler at 505-428-1136