First responders train for active shooter scenario at Capitol today

The Alaska Capitol in Juneau

The Alaska Capitol in Juneau

Emergency vehicles will surround the Alaska State Capitol on Thursday morning, but only for a training exercise, according to Capital City Fire/Rescue.

As part of what is called Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TACC) training, law enforcement and medical personnel will be in the Capitol on Thursday simulating their response to a live shooter in the building, CCFR EMS Training Officer Joe Mishler said. The training will go from about 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., he said.

During the exercise, Mishler said, law enforcement responders will enter the building first in order to go after an active shooter. EMS responders, he said, will enter after that to tend for victims of a shooting. The hope in this training, he said, is that all responders will have a better knowledge about the layout of the building in an emergency situation.

Officials from the East Coast are in town to help with the training, Mishler said.

“We had an opportunity to bring some national instructors up, who are actually on the cutting edge on this,” he said.

This is the second training session this week, Mishler said. There was training Monday night for non-emergency personnel about how to respond in an emergency situation, Mishler said. He hopes there will be more training sessions later on, including a session in the fall for employees of the Juneau School District.


• Contact reporter Alex McCarthy at 523-2271 or amccarthy@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @akmccarthy.


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