Crisis Response Teams from various prisons joined other agencies for active-shooter training at Coalinga City Hall.

By Lt. Mike Tuntakit, AA/PIO
Avenal State Prison

Communication is one aspect of the training.

Coalinga City Hall served as the staging ground for scenarios to train multiple agencies to deal with an active shooter situation.

CDCR Crisis Response Teams from Avenal State Prison, Pleasant Valley State Prison, Kern Valley State Prison, Corcoran State Prison and Wasco State Prison coordinated response training with the Coalinga police department, fire department and emergency medical services.

CDCR has prisons throughout the state with 19 highly trained special weapons and tactics teams, which can offer immediate support for critical situations such as an active shooter.

The June 2 training included active shooter first response protocols, active shooter secondary responder actions, first aid for critically wounded, search and clearing buildings, fire department roles and responsibilities, EMS and casualty collection, hostage negotiations, dealing with mentally ill suspects, communications between multiple agencies and crowd control.

CRT members trained with local police and fire departments.