Coast Guard, partner agencies participate in active shooter exercise

The U.S. Coast Guard alongside partner local, state and federal agencies participated in an Area Maritime Security Training and Exercise Program (AMSTEP) event in Seattle, Washington Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. Coast Guardsmen practice tactical interdiction methods for use in the event of an active shooter scenario.

The U.S. Coast Guard alongside partner local, state and federal agencies participated in an Area Maritime Security Training and Exercise Program (AMSTEP) event in Seattle, Washington Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. Coast Guardsmen practice tactical interdiction methods for use in the event of an active shooter scenario.

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard, alongside partner federal, state, and local agencies, conducted a full-scale training operation coordinated as part of the Area Maritime Security Training and Exercise Program (AMSTEP) on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

The program is designed to prepare emergency responders for a potential mass casualty scenario by performing and evaluating tactics and procedures.

“This exercise highlighted the importance of the Coast Guard working together with our interagency partners to practice how we would respond to one of our biggest risks: an active shooter on a ferry,” said Paul Stocklin, port security specialist at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.


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