Wash. First Responders Hold Active Shooter Drill
Oct. 19—BREMERTON—On Thursday morning, Bremerton's Sylvan Way Library will host an elaborate active shooter drill for first responders that will involve about 100 "actors" and nearly every law enforcement and fire agency in the county.
Even 911 dispatchers, medical facilities and nearby View Ridge Elementary School will participate. The school will go on a modified lockdown during the drill, which is scheduled to run from about 9:15 a.m to noon, said Jason McMillan, operations coordinator for the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management. School officials sent notices home to parents.
"It's just an unfortunate reality of the world we live in today," McMillan said, adding: "You never know when or where this stuff is going to happen, and everybody has got to be ready."
The drill has been in planning for about two years, McMillan said, though it is timely after the massacre in Las Vegas earlier this month, where 58 were murdered, and a shooting Wednesday in Maryland, where three were killed.
Thursday's drill will help prepare fire and medical responders to stage closer to the area where a shooting would take place, decreasing the time it takes to treat victims and transport them to the hospital.
First responders and volunteers will begin assembling at the library as early as 7 a.m., and a section of 33rd Street near the library will be closed for the drill. Responders are expected to arrive at the drill with emergency lights activated and there may be some loud noises heard from within the library.
Officers not involved in the drill will provide security outside of the area closed to the public, McMillan said. The library is scheduled to reopen to the public at 1 p.m.