ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Community Calendar

Vernal Pool Frog Hike
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Charlestown

Frank Olean Center Benefit Concert
Noon - 5 p.m. Westerly

A History of Stepfamilies in Early America
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly

Is Your Dog A Wolf?
1:00p.m. - 3 p.m. Charlestown

Gospel in Granite
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Westerly

The Foursome
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Westerly

Charity Dine Around
4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Westerly

Rabies Vaccination Clinic
9 a.m. - Noon Westerly

... View all of today's events

Stay Connected


ADVERTISEMENT


Emergency drills help, ‘demonstrations’ don’t


I do not believe that any person of intellect is opposed to protecting school children from potential violence. The manner in which it is done is where polarization occurs.

There is considerable difference between an Emergency Response Demonstration and an Emergency Response Drill. The former is choreographed, all participants know when, where, time, and the ‘role” they will play. A Drill is a surprise to all save the leaders of the participating Agencies. It is as close a replication as possible to a real event.

A Drill is a traumatizing event - the site, first responders, all present must react under the duress of adrenaline and the urge to panic. A Drill gives all a best reading as to how protocols, procedures, policies, and preparation stand up when called on to do so with no prior warning.

What was ballyhooed last week in Westerly was an Emergency Response Demonstration. All organizers and participants deserve praise for their expertise, time, and effort. Other than placating the Public that “ We are prepared”, it accomplished little.

Under the leadership of Superintendents Augeri, DiPaolo, Blanda, the Westerly School District

conducted annual Emergency Response Drills at each and every school. Via those Drills, the true capacity of a school in session, with all students, faculty, and staff present, was measured. Oft times, there was praise for response given - at times there was admonition given for lack of proper response.

As a Parent, I would want my child’s school to conduct Emergency Response Drills - not Dog and Pony Show Demonstrations, If I were a Superintendent, I would want to know that Emergency Response worked when it was not pre-announced. If I were a Police Chief, I would want to know the real time SWAT takes to be on site - it is certainly not 7 minutes. Were I a Fire Chief or Ambulance Corps Director, I would want to know there was at least one alternate roadway to arrive at a school should the primary route be blocked.

Jim Spellman

Groton



Back to Letters
Top Stories of the Week

Randall’s Ordinary sold, will return …
NORTH STONINGTON — One of the oldest homes in the area is being saved, much to the delight of local historians. Randall’s Ordinary, the old … more ...

Two charged after selling heroin to undercover officers …
WESTERLY — A 24-year-old local man with a criminal drug history is in trouble with the law again after he allegedly sold heroin to undercover … more ...

Police logs: Thursday, March 26, 2015 …
Westerly October K. Greene, 38, of 155 Alton Bradford Road, Bradford was charged Tuesday with larceny under $1,500. Stonington Daniel J. Southerland, 39, of Groton, … more ...

Police logs: Friday, March 27, 2015 …
Westerly Charles F. Turner, 29, of Oakdale, Conn., was charged Wednesday with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, first offense, blood alcohol content … more ...

Changes to applicant’s Hopkinton truck stop proposal miff zoning officials …
HOPKINTON — Members of the Zoning Board expressed surprise and annoyance when a lawyer representing Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores announced a change in … more ...

Latest Comments