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Run, hide, fight – Fairchild conducts active shooter exercise

Run, hide, fight – Fairchild conducts active shooter exercise

Airmen from the 92nd Security Forces Squadron sweeps the building during an active shooter exercise August 30, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The exercise tested the mass notification procedures and responses for personnel on base in addition to training first responders. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño)

Run, hide, fight – Fairchild conducts active shooter exercise

Airman 1st Class Tiara Gripka, 92nd Communications Squadron volunteer, applies moulage to Staff Sgt. Mitchell Goldman’s, 92nd Force Support Squadron volunteer, forehead during an active shooter exercise August 30, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Team Fairchild conducted an active shooter exercise to test the installation’s preparedness and safety by assessing Security Forces, Fire Department and Emergency Medical Responder’s ability to respond and recover from a potential incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño)

Run, hide, fight – Fairchild conducts active shooter exercise

Airmen from the 92nd Medical Group escorts a victim out of the building during an active shooter exercise August 30, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Team Fairchild conducted an active shooter exercise to test the installation’s preparedness and safety by assessing Security Forces, Fire Department and Emergency Medical Responder’s ability to respond and recover from a potential incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño)

Run, hide, fight – Fairchild conducts active shooter exercise

First responders treat simulated victims during an active shooter exercise August 30, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Ordering a lockdown during an active shooter incident can aid in minimizing injuries and casualties, while at the same time aiding in search efforts and giving suspects fewer places to hide. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Team Fairchild conducted an active shooter exercise to test the installation’s preparedness and safety by assessing Security Forces, Fire Department and Emergency Medical Responder’s ability to respond and recover from a potential incident here Aug. 30.

“The Air Force mandates that we conduct two mass notification exercises annually,” said Master Sgt. Richard Ortega, 92nd Air Refueling Wing inspector general wing inspection team manager. “We use the active shooter scenario to deliver this requirement.”

The exercise also tested the mass notification procedures and responses for personnel on base in addition to training first responders.

“Two main objectives were met during this exercise,” Ortega said. “Our first responder’s ability to respond to the scene in a joint response task force capability, where it shortened the time for injured personnel to be cared for by medics and testing the procedures and timing of the installation’s mass notification systems during the attack, an integral part in minimizing its impact.”

Ordering a lockdown can aid in minimizing injuries and casualties, while at the same time aiding in search efforts and giving suspects fewer places to hide.

“The entire base population participates in the mass notification portion of the exercise by showing they can ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ in their local area,” Ortega said. “As for the actual scene of the active shooter, emergency responders respond to neutralize the threat and treat any injured personnel.”