More than 100 first-responders are practicing an active-shooter scenario at the Washington State Fair Events Center today.
“The purpose of this exercise is to develop participant skills and to improve communication among agencies during the response to a violent incident,” according to a Pierce County news release.
The training exercise includes protocols for responding to violence, wound management, patrol breaching, explosive ordinance disposal identification and school response guidelines.
It is co-sponsored by the county’s Department of Emergency Management and Pierce County Fire & Law Cooperative Training Committee. Grant monies from the Department of Homeland Security are funding the training.
Participating in the exercise are representatives from Auburn, Bonney Lake, Fife, Fircrest, Lakewood, Milton, Puyallup, Puyallup Tribe, Sumner and Steilacoom police, as well as the Sheriff’s Department, State Patrol and FBI.
For the first time, fire agencies like Central Pierce, DuPont, East Pierce, Graham, Orting, Tacoma and West Pierce joined the training.