If you see armed officers in tactical gear at Centralia College today, chances are you don’t need to worry.
The college is hosting the Washington State Patrol for SWAT training at two houses on campus that are scheduled to be demolished later this year.
The scheduled trainings are from noon to 4 p.m. today at 210 Iron Street and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at 409 W. Walnut Street. No streets will be closed but students and residents are asked to avoid barricaded areas.
“The noise level will be minimal,” said Trooper William Finn, community outreach coordinator, in a press release from the college. “Training ‘flash bangs’ will be used mostly on the first day of training. These are normally pretty loud when used in live situation. The training version sounds like a small firecracker. Residents will also hear glass breaking from the home windows and potentially some shouting from the officers.”
The Iron Street house has recently been used as student housing and the Walnut Street house was most recently used for after hours campus security. Both houses are scheduled to be demolished to make room for construction of multi-use athletic facilities.