Coast Guard, partner agencies team up for mass casualty exercise

SEATTLE – Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, alongside state and local agencies, are scheduled to hold an active shooter drill Saturday at the Washington State Ferries Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bainbridge Island residents and community members around the facility and surrounding waterway should expect a large number of first responders, equipment, sirens, and simulated gunfire. This is a test of staff and equipment and will not pose a threat to the public.

Due to operational considerations, no media will be allowed onto the maintenance facility.

Law enforcement officers will continue their training aboard the WSF Kittitas on Monday while underway in Puget Sound. The Kittitas will not have passenger service during the exercise.

Organized by the Coast Guard, this important drill will simulate a full-scale response to a large-scale attack. It will include coordination between the following responding agencies:

  • Coast Guard
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Customs and Border Protection
  • Washington State Ferries
  • Washington State Patrol
  • Local and State Offices of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
  • Port of Seattle
  • Seattle Police, Fire, and EMS

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