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Aegis Corporation Participates in Westby Area School District's Active Shooter Training

"Issue We Hope Never Happens, But for Which We Must be Prepared."

As general administrator for Community Insurance Corporation and the Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation (County Mutual), Aegis Corporation staff works closely with member clients to ensure their work environment is as safe as possible and risk is minimized.

On June 7, 2017, Community Insurance Corporation member Westby Area School District held a School Active Shooter Training at Westby Area High School. Vernon County, a County Mutual member, ran the training.

“This collaborative event brought together sheriff’s departments, fire departments and emergency management to prepare for an issue that we hope never happens, but for which we must be prepared,” said Aegis Corporation Risk Management Consultant Jessica Schroeder, who served as a safety officer for the training day.   “Often, we see larger urban districts conducting this comprehensive training and more rural districts need to be as prepared.”

Other County Mutual members present included Vernon, Sauk and Iowa counties.

“There were many players that made this training day go off so well,” said Schroeder.  “Extra credit goes to Westby Area School District Buildings/Grounds Supervisor Norm Davis, Vernon County Sheriff John Spears, Vernon County Emergency Management Director Chad Buros and Vernon County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Jason Crume for their work.”
In addition, Jessica highlighted the work of Sauk County Emergency Management Director Jeff Jelinek, who served as a facilitator and Iowa County Emergency Management Director Keith Hurlbert, who acted as a safety officer.

Fire departments included Westby and Viroqua, and EMS present was Tri-State Ambulance, LaFarge, Westby and Viroqua.

Responding law enforcement included Vernon County, Hillsboro, Coon Valley, Ontario, Kickapoo Valley Reserve, LaFarge, Viroqua, Wisconsin State Patrol, Westby, West Salem, Lake Delton and Cashton.

West Salem School District also observed.

“We commend all those who participated in this critically important safety event,” said John A. Dirkse, executive vice president of Aegis Corporation. “Ultimately, our job is to keep our schools and students as safe as possible and the turnout for this active shooter training day shows the importance of this type of training.”

Watch tv coverage on the event that appeared on WXOW here.

See photos of the Westby Area School District Active Shooter Training Day here.

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