Everett’s Best Prepare For The Worst

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Everett Police and Firefighters train together every month at Everett Mall.

Police Officers, Firefighters, Medics and Dispatchers continue to train together in south Everett to be better prepared when they may have to work together for an incident involving an active shooter and multiple victims. Since the beginning of the year an unused space in the former Frederick and Nelson location at the Everett Mall has been used by first responders to drill on active shooter scenarios.

Today MyEverettNews.com and other area media were invited to watch the interaction between the police, fire crews and dispatchers as they worked through responding to an active shooter. The drill including finding the shooter, dealing with people who were injured, making the area safe and treating victims.

Everett Police Spokesman Aaron Snell told MyEverettNews.com a main goal is working out the communication and coordination of the different parts all while experiencing the sounds and sights of active shooting in progress.

Here are some MyEverettNews.com photos showing today’s training. Click photo to enlarge.

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Actors playing injured victims are the first thing police encounter.

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A squad of police officers arrives at an entrance to the mall.

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More police arrive at the mall.

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Medics and Firefighters are brought in by police

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Helmets and bulletproof vests are now part of the gear carried on every Everett Medic unit.

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Police and medics enter an outside door to the mall.

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Armed officers watch the backs of firefighters and medics as shots are heard from a nearby room.

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Police and fire crews enter an area where shots have been heard.

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Observers in orange vests watch how police and firefighters communicate and work together.

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Two Mukilteo Firefighters look back as they exit the mall with a victim.

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A SNOPAC Dispatch supervisor explains the importance of having dispatchers see a scene they may somehow have to describe from afar.

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A debriefing is held after each scenario to evaluate how things went.

The City of Everett and Everett Mall signed an agreement in January for the training to happen every month this year.


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My Everett News is a hyperlocal news website featuring breaking news and events in Everett, WA. We also cover City of Everett information and items of interest to those who live and work in Everett. It's written by Leland Dart a former Snohomish County based radio reporter born and raised in Everett.

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