City, Borough and State agencies completed exercise three in a cadre of modules that have been scheduled for today and tomorrow as part of the statewide exercise Alaska Shield 2016.
A safety orientation kicked off the active shooter exercise at 4:00PM this afternoon in assembly chambers. Approximately 25 Borough and School District staff were voluntary participants that safely observed the exercise behind glass doors. The exercise started after the Borough Administrative Building was closed and cleared. Emergency services and law enforcement agencies engaged in exercise response training and tactics. The venue also provided an opportunity for observing staff to understand what may happen and how to respond in a real intrusion.
Prior to the exercise, A.L.I.C.E. training was provided to Borough and School District staff. For more information on this training visit the A.L.I.C.E. website.
The overarching benefit of participating in a multi-agency exercise is to practice core capabilities while functioning in a unified fashion. Knowing how to work together during emergency response continues to benefit citizens on the Kenai Peninsula.
Participating agencies included: Office of Emergency Management, School
District, Soldotna Police, Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Army National Guard, Alaska Division of Homeland Security, Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center, Central Emergency Services, Call Center Volunteer Operators, Community Emergency Response Team members as well as information officers from the Kenai Fire, Nikiski Fire, School District and Borough.