School shooter drill challenges California City Correctional Facility officers

California City Police Officers practice tactics while looking for several shooters during drill.

California City Police officers practice tactics while looking for several shooters during a drill. CDCR officers assisted other law enforcement and first-responder agencies during the drill.

By Lt. Ignacio Rivera, A.A., Public Information Officer
California City Correctional Facility

Gunmen are is inside a school and the lives of dozens of children are at risk. What do you do?

This was the scenario presented to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Crisis Response Team during a recent drill.

On Sept. 24, officials from California City Correctional Facility (CAC) took part in an Active Shooter Response Drill at California City High School.

The multi-agency exercise was sponsored in part by the high school.

Equipment from the California City Police Department was used in rescuing injured victim/actors. The mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP) would play a critical role in the retrieval of school children and any victims from assailant gunfire.

Equipment from the California City Police Department was used in rescuing injured victim/actors. The mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP) would play a critical role in the retrieval of school children and any victims from assailant gunfire.

The school practiced emergency lock-down and student safety procedures in the event of an active shooter situation.

Police Explorers portrayed shooters in the scenario and drama club students were the “victims.” Cal City Fire Department set up a mock triage area for the injured students, which were removed from the shooting scene by rescuers.

The Police Department utilized a mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle to remove injured students from the center of the school while tactical teams conducted a room-to-room search for a third shooter.

Managers from the various agencies were on hand to evaluate the scenario.

Police, fire and school officials deemed the scenario a success.

One of the goals of the scenario was using a vehicle capable of evacuating or shielding the students from the shooters’ gunfire while officers are advancing to stop the suspect.

According to law enforcement officials, this type of situation has become more common as seen in other school shootings during which rescuers used non bullet-resistant vehicles (cars, fire trucks) to try to shield students being evacuated through an open to get them to a safe area.

Police officers practiced tactics while looking for several shooters during drill.

California City Fire Department set up a triage area to the south of the school. Victim/actors were delivered to the triage area in the armored MRAP, insuring their safe delivery.

California City Fire Department set up a triage area to the south of the school. Victim/actors were delivered to the triage area in the armored MRAP, insuring their safe delivery.

Who participated?

  • California City Police Department
  • California City Fire Department
  • Mojave Unified School District
  • Edwards Air Force Base
  • CDCR – Crisis Response Team from CAC
  • Red Cross – Antelope Valley Chapter
  • California City Police Department Police Explorers
  • California City Police Department Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
  • Hall’s Ambulance
  • California Correctional Health Care System from CAC
A triage area teats the “wounded” near California City High School. Hall Ambulance also participated in the drill. Paramedics simulated treating 16 shooting victims.

A triage area teats the “wounded” near California City High School. Hall Ambulance also participated in the drill. Paramedics simulated treating 16 shooting victims.

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1 Response

  1. C. Sizelove CRT/TL, CCI/CAC Saturday, October 4, 2014 / 6:32 pm

    This exercise gave CRT operators and leadership elements to train with multiple agencies in a “high-stress” type of situation involving an active shooter. During this training event, I was able to understand more completely how good communication and real-time intelligence is critical to the success of the mission. Good job to the CCI/CAC CRT Operators. Once again, you remained professional and accomplished the goals at hand as well as remained flexible to the changing circumstances and course of events for the day’s training cycle.

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