Today, multiple agencies came together to train and exercise our operational state of readiness for an active shooter incident in the cruise terminal located at the Port of Long Beach. Representatives from the United States Customs and Border Protection, United States Coast Guard, Long Beach Fire Department, Long Beach Police Department, Los Angeles Port Police, Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center, and various volunteers from local nursing programs and the Long Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) participated in the day long training exercise.
Multiple evolutions prepared both firefighters and law enforcement personnel on the tactics and strategies that would be necessary to handle an incident of this complexity. Based on multiple lessons learned from other “active shooter” incidents throughout our nation, it is essential that quick action is taken to eliminate the threat and provide immediate lifesaving intervention. Thus, the seamless interaction between arriving law enforcement and fire department personnel must happen quickly and systematically.
Valuable training like this is essential for public safety. Although we hope this never happens here in our City, we are ready for these types of situations. The more we work together in a training environment, the more capable and prepared we are as a team to handle and manage these complex incidents. We take this responsibility very seriously and work diligently to make sure that multi-agency interaction and lines of communication are clear, direct, and timely. Lives depend on it.
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