Joint First Responder Training to be held July 22 at Centennial High School

Champaign County first responders will hold a joint training exercise on Friday, July 22, 2022, starting at 8:00 a.m. at Centennial High School (913 Crescent Dr, Champaign). The training exercise will conclude at approximately 2:00 p.m. and will help prepare first responders for rapid response emergency scenarios and mutual aid needs that may occur in Champaign County. This is the first in a series of exercises that will take place in the coming months to ensure that area first responders are well trained and fully prepared to work cooperatively in addressing major incidents in real time.

Residents can expect to see multiple first responder vehicles – including police, fire, and ambulance – as well as an increased police presence in the area. The training is designed to coordinate a timely response starting from the arrival of vehicles on-scene. First responder vehicles will be seen arriving, staging, and departing the area throughout the day. The exercise will involve the use of training weapons with non-projectile “blank” rounds. Blank rounds will be used only inside the building but may be heard by residents in the surrounding area.

The public is asked to stay clear of the training site in order for first responders to have space to properly conduct the exercise. Centennial High School and its parking lots will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic during the training. Crescent Drive will remain open to all traffic.

Media representatives are welcome to cover the training exercise from a designated area in the south parking lot of Centennial High School. Champaign Police Department command personnel will be on-site to coordinate media throughout the day and a media briefing on the training exercise will be held at 11:00 a.m.

The Champaign Police Department wishes to thank the Unit 4 School District for their cooperation and use of their facility for this training exercise.