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Flint Hills Technical College staff underwent a nearly two-hour active shooter training session Monday. Flint Hills Technical College staff underwent a nearly two-hour active shooter training session Monday. Chuck Samples/KVOE News

Flint Hills Technical College staffers received some timely training late Monday.


Staffers went through active shooter and violent offender training with representatives of the Emporia Police Department, Emporia Fire Department and Lyon County Sheriff's Office. Vice President for Student Services Lisa Kirmer tells KVOE News it was a good learning experience for the college's employees.

The training comes after two unspecified threats against the college -- one in September and one in November. Kirmer says Flint Hills Technical College is always looking at ways to improve safety on campus, especially given the recent string of violent incidents in public places nationwide.

Flint Hills Technical College has a text messaging alert system for crisis situations like active shooters. The college used one component Monday as part of the training, and Kirmer says tests like this always help to familiarize people with how the alert system works.

Kirmer tells KVOE News the tentative plan is to have similar training sessions at least twice a year.

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