CLALLAM BAY — Clallam County first responders will participate in their annual full-scale active shooter training at Clallam Bay School today.
The training will be from noon to 4:30 p.m., though preparations will begin at 7:30 a.m.
“This announcement is intended to let the general public be aware and not become alarmed at various emergency vehicles and personnel coming and going at the school and other area facilities,” the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
The training drill is not open to the public and the school will be closed.
“A remote area like that presents specific challenges for us to work through and we have already identified things to improve on before this exercise even happens,” said Clallam County Undersheriff Ron Cameron, in a Facebook post.
“The event is not just the law enforcement response, but medical (including helicopter and ambulance evacuations), the educators and school staff, reunification teams, emergency operations for coordination and more.”
He said traffic will be rerouted on state Highway 112 through Clallam Bay for a few hours today.
The training drill is a product of an Interagency First Responder Group that includes law enforcement instructors; Clallam Bay Corrections Center personnel; firefighters/medics from Clallam Bay, Joyce, and Forks fire districts; school personnel from the North Olympic Peninsula school districts; Olympic Medical Center; Clallam County Emergency Services; Critical Incident Stress Management teams; Olympic Ambulance; Forks Community Hospital and ambulance; Clallam County Road Department; U.S. Coast Guard; Clallam County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES); Peninsula Communications; Airlift Northwest and the state Department of Transportation.
Law enforcement agencies in the Interagency Group include the Sequim, Port Angeles and Forks police departments; and La Push and Lower Elwah tribal police, as well as Neah Bay Public Safety; Border Patrol; State Patrol, Olympic National Park and the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.
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