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Posted on: December 12, 2022

Santa Cruz County Hosts Active Shooter Incident Management Training


A 3-day Active Shooter Incident Management training was coordinated by Santa Cruz County Emergency Management and the Rio Rico Fire and Medical District. The training was provided by Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) which provides simulated emergency response scenario training internationally.                        

The training included several active shooter exercise scenarios that got progressively challenging throughout the course. It provided law enforcement, fire and emergency medical agencies the opportunity to work together to improve skills in threat neutralization and how to provide faster medical intervention.                        

“I think it was important for all of the local agencies to come together in training to practice incident development. Together, agencies were able to sharpen their skills relating to initial response and incident mitigation. Having that training and exposure to the different levels of the incident command system and terminology will make us more effective in a larger emergency,” said co-organizer Chris Renteria, Battalion Chief of Training for the Rio Rico Medical & Fire District.                    

Agencies who participated in the training include Rio Rico Fire and Medical District, Tubac Fire District, Nogales Fire Department, Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35, Nogales Unified School District No. 1, Pima County Sheriff, Nogales Police Department, Santa Cruz County Sheriff, Tohono O'Odham Police Department, Pima County Sheriff, Carondelet Health Network, Tucson Airport Authority, Sonoita Fire District/Emergency Service, Arizona Coalition for Healthcare Emergency Response, Fort Huachuca Fire and Emergency Services, Pascua Pueblo Fire Department, Santa Cruz County Emergency Management, United States Department of Veteran Affairs and the United States Department of Defense.

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