Coast Guard, local law enforcement hold active-shooter exercise in Philadelphia

5th Coast Guard District News
PHILADELPHIA — Coast Guard and Philadelphia police and fire department personnel held an active-shooter response exercise at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia Wednesday.

This exercise involved a simulated active shooter, takedown and building sweep followed by training for first responders. The simulated shooter used blanks to realistically replicate the noise of a weapon discharge.

Coast Guard and Philadelphia Police and Fire Department personnel hold an active-shooter response exercise at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia Wednesday April 16, 2014. The exercise involved a simulated active shooter, takedown and building sweep followed by training for first responders. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cynthia Oldham

Coast Guard and Philadelphia Police and Fire Department personnel hold an active-shooter response exercise at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia Wednesday April 16, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cynthia Oldham

“Today’s exercise was conducted to help us be better prepared in the event of an active-shooter situation,” said Capt. Kathy Moore, the commander of Sector Delaware Bay. “Working with our local law enforcement partners within the Philadelphia police and fire departments, we were able to recognize our strengths and identify ways to improve our response.

We urge the general public to explore the Department of Homeland Security’s website for great information on how to react in a similar situation, whether in a building or public place.”


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