Coast Guard and partner agencies test response to active shooter during exercise

d9
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The U.S. Coast Guard, in collaboration with the Buffalo Police Department and U.S. Border Patrol, conducted a mock active shooter response exercise today at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo.

The exercise, which began at 9 a.m., involved a mock active shooter-style attack on local Coast Guard units.

Law enforcement partners from around Buffalo quickly activated a unified response and neutralized the threat. Numerous people simulated being killed or injured during the exercise, which was aimed at testing response capabilities of Coast Guard and local emergency response crews.

Border Patrol Agent Frank Luna, the lead active shooter exercise instructor, gives instructions to members of the Coast Guard and Border Patrol during an active shooter exercise held at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 29, 2015. Members of the police department, Coast Guard and Border Patrol worked together during the exercise that simulated a real-life active shooter event. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Laughlin)

Border Patrol Agent Frank Luna, the lead active shooter exercise instructor, gives instructions to members of the Coast Guard and Border Patrol during an active shooter exercise held at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 29, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Laughlin)

 

The goal of this exercise was to assess local and regional response plans and identify ways to improve unified regional response capabilities. Active shooter and other fast-paced emergencies require collaboration, preexisting relationships and familiarity between law enforcement and response agencies.

“Improvement of these fundamentals is vitally important,” said Capt. Brian Roche, commander of Coast Guard Sector Buffalo. “This exercise will reinforce and strengthen those existing solid relationships within the law enforcement community and provide stronger response strategies for the future.”

Click he photo for more from the exercise.

Related Posts

Comments are closed.