The article says that the Coalfire employees set off the alarm "to test law enforcement response, which was part of the job."You do realize that Iowa is ranked in the top 10 for education institutions across the country right?
On point of the topic, they should have reported the incident; not set off an alarm costing tax payers money to falsify an emergency to prove a point. Heck if you pull an alarm and someone is injured because of it in California you serve 3 years in a state prison. But yeah, going directly to a felony is a bit much.
Calling in a non-emergency would not be an effective test of the response times.