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Category: Training


Eatonville Middle School students participate in shooter training

Students and teachers at Eatonville Middle School will today help law enforcement practice what to do if a shooter ever stepped onto campus.

Training over the past year has prepared kids on how to evacuate, what to do if the school goes into lockdown, how to survive a shooter and how to assess threats.

Today’s scenarios will involve an active shooter in the school and another on a school bus. They will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. A SWAT helicopter is overhead during the drill.

A Department of Homeland Security grant funded the exercise, which includes personnel from

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Agencies gather on Puget Sound in Steilacoom for water rescue training today

The training is on the water in Steilacoom this morning.

Responders from 21 agencies in Pierce County are coming together this morning to practice water rescues in Puget Sound at Sunnyside Beach Park.

Participants will focus on dive rescues, surface water rescues and evacuating a ferry.

“The goal of the exercise is to evaluate both individual agency capabilities and their ability to effectively communicate and work together,” according to a Pierce County news release.

This morning’s training includes emergency responders from Anderson Island Fire Department, Browns Point/Dash Point Fire Department, Central Pierce Fire & Rescue, East Pierce Fire & Rescue,

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Pierce County agencies practice active-shooter scenario today

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.


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Counter-terrorism exercise at Port of Tacoma this morning

Multiple agencies are converging on the Port of Tacoma this morning to practice finding and disposing of improvised explosive devices.

The counter-terrorism exercises will take place along the Blair Waterway starting around 9:30 a.m. It is funded through a Department of Homeland Security grant for the Port Security Grant program.

“The purpose of the exercise is to demonstrate how agencies and companies will respond together to a potential terrorism threat within the Port of Tacoma,” according to a Pierce County news release. “It will also evaluate the improved interoperable communications between the agencies.”

Participants include the Port, Tacoma police and

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Expect loud noises from Joint Base Lewis-McChord Saturday from training exercise

Don’t worry about any shooting or other loud noises heard coming from Joint Base Lewis-McChord this weekend.

Officials said soldiers will be training with a 105 mm Howitzer, which is a lightweight towed weapon that provides direct support fires to light, airborne and air assault forces.  A Howitzer is 17-feet long, weighs more than 3,000 pounds and requires eight people to man it, according to the Army.

The training will extend from midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday, with increased activity at night.

“This is normally scheduled and required training, which allows military members to practice and improve skills required during

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East Pierce Fire’s water rescue team practices ice rescue on Lake Tapps

East Pierce Fire & Rescue crews took advantage of the weather this morning and practiced ice rescue training on a frozen Lake Tapps.

“We had good ice so we took our shot,” Lt. Matt Jewitt said. “Most years we don’t get the chance.”

About 12 members of the department’s water rescue team donned dry suits and used axes to punch a 4 by 4 foot hole through several inches of ice. The training lasted three hours.

The team practiced three types of drills.

One was self-rescue, with members practicing how to haul themselves out of the ice in case they

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Tacoma firefighters will conduct training burn today on East Side

Tacoma firefighters will be burning down an East Side home today for practice.

They’ll be conducting a training burn at 6816 E. B St., the Fire Department reported. The drill will start about 9:30 a.m.

The “final burn phase” – during which the firefighters let the flames engulf what’s left of the home – will be in the afternoon.