Mount Weather Tests Active Shooter Response

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Mt. Weather Police Officer, Dustin Bowers, prepares to engage a simulated active shooter, with a mock victim in the background, during Exercise Vigilant Sentry. (Official FEMA Photo by Karen Nutini)Mt. Weather Police Officer, Dustin Bowers, prepares to engage a simulated active shooter, with a mock victim in the background, during Exercise Vigilant Sentry. (Official FEMA Photo by Karen Nutini)By Blake Miller

Active shooter scenarios are an unfortunate part of life. Organizations throughout the government and the private sector must confront these events far too often. Knowing what to do and how to prepare prior to an active shooter situation can be the difference between life and death.

Using a building slated for demolition, the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center recently coordinated a simulated event involving an active shooter. This event, called Exercise Vigilant Sentry, was designed to gauge how the MWEOC Police & Fire Departments responded to an active shooter as well as an explosion. Evaluators from the Customs & Border Protection Advanced Training Center were on hand to evaluate the emergency response. MWEOC volunteers served as role players, playing the parts of shooting victims and the shooter. Other MWEOC staff acted as controllers, relaying the rules and situational changes that took place during the exercise. 

Exercise Vigilant Sentry is just one example of what the MWEOC is doing to emphasize readiness should a catastrophic event take place.

“We plan on having a number of exercises like this in the future,” said MWEOC Emergency Services Director Mark Walters.

By enhancing preparedness through operations like Vigilant Sentry, MWEOC is ready to respond to a variety of emergency situations through team collaboration and tactical knowledge.

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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