Active shooter training held for first responders in Albany

October 06, 2017 05:41 PM

ALBANY - First responders faced an active shooter drill at the Port of Albany Friday morning.

In the drill, Albany PD rolled up to a call of shots fired to help a lone Border Patrol agent with a man shot in the leg outside of a warehouse.

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The 8 agencies involved in the Port's drill didn't know the scenario they were approaching in that blue warehouse

But they found out a man came off a boat with a hostage.

Soon a SWAT team was in place, they began negotiations with the suspect, and eventually fired blanks at him. Ending his short acting career as the Port of Albany active shooter.

"We had well over 50 people participating, that's a lot of moving parts to Courtney and it went really well," said Lt. Thomas Gibbons, Albany PD.

The Port of Albany is required to do a big drill each year. They've simulated a fire, a spill, and a bomb before, This year's exercise just happened to be a shooter. The event was in the works for a year.

"It makes it easier if some type of emergency occurs, we’re familiar with the kind of actions we have to take or follow through with – who we have to pull to respond to the situation we have," explained David Williams, Port of Albany security threat assessment director.

Just this week we've seen active shooter training at the Saratoga Racetrack and training in Albany County for EMTs to stop the bleeding if someone is shot and they don't have medical supplies.

First responders regularly train, even more in recent years, for these horrific situations.

This was a ground level scenario. In Las Vegas, the shooter was 500 yards away and well prepared on the 32nd floor of a hotel.

"With all real world incidents, we are constantly evaluating them and studying them to make sure that our training techniques and tactics apply to real world current events," said Lt. Gibbons.

Right after the drill ends.  Officers had a "hot wash" where they talk about what they could've done better. Then they'll more closely evaluate what happened over the next months and make changes to strategy as needed.


WNYT Staff

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