920th Rescue Wing, 45th Space Wing Conduct Joint Active Shooter Excercise, Response

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SCENARIO: disgruntled Airman shoots six, himself

Master Sgt. Louis Hause, left, and Staff Sgt. Lucus Vannorsdall, right, 308th Rescue Squadron pararescuemen, tend to victims of an active shooter exercise July 25 in Hangar 750. (image by U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

BREVARD COUNTY • PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, FLORIDA – The 920th Rescue Wing and 45th Space Wing inspection teams worked side-by-side recently as they tested their units’ response capabilities in working together to combat an active shooter on the installation.

The exercise kicked off in Hangar 750, when a disgruntled Airman shot six others and then himself.

A team of 45th Security Forces Squadron defenders were dispatched to the scene where they apprehended the suspect and cleared the building.

Pararescuemen from the 308th Rescue Squadron reported to the Hangar shortly afterward and rendered first aid to the victims until the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department arrived on scene.

The medics then worked together to safely transport the victims onto awaiting ambulances bound for the hospital.

The exercise ended mid afternoon when the commander’s action teams and support personnel finished their roles in obtaining 100 percent accountability of personnel, next of kin notifications for those killed and injured and other behind-the-scenes actions.

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