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Local agencies wrap up active shooter training
BARSTOW • The Barstow Police Department and other participating agencies wrapped up a two-day active shooter training exercise at the old Barstow Community Hospital on Friday.
According to BPD Lieutenant Mike Hunter, the training went well and was essential to help prepare for an unexpected active shooter-type scenario.
“This type of training is completely necessary,” Hunter said. “If agencies don’t have training like this, you would have no idea what to expect in a real-life shooter incident. This is something that can actually happen, and if does we need to be prepared. After seeing how everything went during our training, I feel we are prepared.”
Hunter said although there haven’t been any local hostage situations like the ones simulated on Wednesday and Friday, it’s better to be prepared “just in case.”
This was the first time the BPD has had a scenario training with the Barstow Fire Protection District.
Hunter said the BPD will continue working closely with the BFPD to conduct further training in the future, ensuring faster emergency response times in these situations.
Barstow Fire Protection District Captain Bobby Clemmer said it is crucial to train with the BPD. Clemmer said working with the BPD will help make things easier if there ever is a “real-deal” shooter situation.
City of Barstow spokesman Anthony Riley attended the training exercise on Friday to get a first-hand look at the teamwork by all the participating agencies.
“The importance here is that it helps both public safety units to efficiently prepare for these crisis-type scenarios,” Riley said. “(The city of Barstow) is constantly looking at these type of exercises to help us to improve the quality of service in an emergency situation.”
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.