NAS Pensacola participates in active shooter drill

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — NAS Pensacola along with other law enforcement agencies participated in an active shooter drill on Tuesday.

Officials with NAS say the training can save lives. In the scenario from Tuesday, two hostages took control of an NAS building.

Captain Chris Martin says the training is crucial.

“In this world, we are living in today it’s important we think about these things and we do these drills and we are prepared for it should the unfortunate happen,” Martin said.

Officials say the training helps first responders know exactly how to stop an active shooter. Trent Hathaway is the installation mission readiness officer.

“Having the police department and the fire department go through and actually physically do it, it becomes a little more automatic for them,” Hathaway said. “They come right in and go into neutralizing the bad guy, then they start giving assistance to those who have been shot.”‘

Hathaway says the exercise also helps them to understand what they need to improve upon for next time]. It also allows them to develop tips on how people can get away from an active shooter.

“Active shootings can happen anywhere, not just on bases. You should always be prepared, know an exit route, especially if you’re working in the same location. Instead of just one way in and one way out you have to know an alternate way to get out of there.”

NAS officials say the next training will be in three months.

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