More than 100 representatives from local law enforcement, fire and emergency management agencies will participate in an active-shooter exercise at the Washington State Fair Events Center on Thursday, May 9. There will be a morning and afternoon session.
The purpose of this exercise is to develop participant skills and to improve communication among agencies during the response to a violent incident.
Exercise participants will visit five stations: protocols for responding to violence, wound management, basic patrol breaching, explosive ordinance disposal identification and recognition, and school response guidelines.
Participating law enforcement agencies include representatives from Auburn, Bonney Lake, Fife, Fircrest, Lakewood, Milton, Puyallup, Puyallup Tribe, Sumner and Steilacoom, as well as the Puyallup Tribe, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the Washington State Patrol and the FBI.
Dispatch, fire and emergency management participants will come from Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, DuPont Fire Department, East Pierce Fire and Rescue, Graham Fire and Rescue, Orting Valley Fire and Rescue, Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, South Sound 911, Tacoma Fire Dispatch and West Pierce Fire and Rescue.
This exercise is co-sponsored by Pierce County Department of Emergency Management and the Pierce County Fire and Law Cooperative Training Committee. The Department of Homeland Security is funding the exercise.