On Friday, Jan. 22nd from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., a multi-agency active shooter exercise will take place, conducted by the South Pasadena Police Department in affiliation with the South Pasadena Unified District, regional law enforcement and fire service partners at South Pasadena Middle School. The middle school faculty and students will not attend school that day because of staff development day.
The purpose of this exercise is help over seventy-five first responders from seven regional law enforcement agencies and fire departments prepare and coordinate a more efficient response to active shooter events. Seven agencies prepared this event for more than a year while training in Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC). More specifically, the training will allow police and fire personnel to work together and treat casualties in the areas of the active shooting or “warm zone.”
Authorities say active shooter events prove to be some of the most challenging incidents that first responders face because it requires a quick and resourceful response from regional partners to handle. The following law enforcement agencies and fire departments are scheduled to participate in the exercise:
• Alhambra Police Department • Alhambra Fire Department • Federal Bureau of Investigation • Monterey Park Police Department • Monterey Park Fire Department • Pasadena Police Department • San Gabriel Police Department • San Gabriel Fire Department • San Marino Police Department • San Marino Fire Department • South Pasadena Police Department • South Pasadena Fire Department
South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller along with other law enforcement officers and fire chiefs from participating agencies will hold a press conference at 9:00 a.m. at the South Pasadena Middle School in advance of the first scenario. The press conference and opportunities for the press to view portions of the exercise will be coordinated by South Pasadena PIO, Captain Mike Neff. Captain Neff can be contacted at mneff@SouthPasadenaCA.gov or (626) 403-7292 with any questions.