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West Liberty University practices good planning techniques

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This spring, West Liberty University will practice good planning techniques by hosting major safety departments and first responders from three counties at Wilson Lodge, Oglebay Resort.
From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. April 23, those gathered at the Oglebay Resort for the all-day event will brainstorm and act out critical incident scenarios to practice staying alert for possible future situations.
“We’re always working to keep campus safe and this gathering will help us to plan and prepare for possible problems. Safety is on the top of our minds every day,” said Lt. Tom Hostutler, WLU campus police lead officer.
Attending the planning meeting will be: Wheeling-Ohio County Emergency Management Association Director Lou Vargo, Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler, Brooke County Sheriff Chuck Jackson, Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Cecil, Wheeling-Ohio County 911 Director Theresa Russell, Wheeling Police Department Chief Shawn Schwertfeger, West Liberty Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bill Cox, Wellsburg Volunteer Fire Department Captain Tom Diserio, Weirton Police Department Chief Bruce Marshall, Wellsburg Police Department Chief Stanley Kins, Wheeling Fire Department Chief Larry Helms and Jim Mitchem with the West Virginia Department of Highways, among others.
West Liberty University employees in addition to Hostutler who will be attending the event are: Health and Safety Specialist Anthony Salatino, Vice President of Human Resources Jim Stultz, Executive Vice President John Davis, Chief Information Officer Jim Clark, Chief of Operations Pat Henry, Student Affairs Area Coordinator Jim Compston, Media Relations Director Maureen Zambito and other employees. The West Virginia State Police and Chesapeake Energy Corporation also will have representatives present.
“We expect to talk about three on-campus scenarios: An explosion/fire, an active shooter situation and the outbreak of a contagious disease. If time permits, we also would like to discuss what we all might do if a gas line explosion occurred at either of the drill sites north or south of the Town of West Liberty,” said Vargo, who assisted in planning the activities.
Hostutler said the meeting is meant to brainstorm ways local safety organizations may be able to help West Liberty University in the event of a large-scale critical incident on campus.
"This type of planning is invaluable,” he said. “We are grateful to Oglebay and to Rod Haley for their assistance in planning this meeting.”