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Base, civilian agencies respond in remote active shooter training

Deputy Ross Richards, Walton County Sheriff’s Office, sweeps the entrance of the building in response to a report of shots fired at the 20th Space Control Squadron during active shooter training at site C-6 Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 27. Walton County deputies and first responders from Eglin participated in the joint exercise in which a person on the second floor fired their weapon. The purpose of the joint exercise to improve local active shooter processes, communication, and response coordination. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kristin Stewart)

Deputy Ross Richards, Walton County Sheriff’s Office, sweeps the entrance of the building in response to a report of shots fired at the 20th Space Control Squadron during active shooter training at site C-6 Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 27. Walton County deputies and first responders from Eglin participated in the joint exercise in which a person on the second floor fired their weapon. The purpose of the joint exercise to improve local active shooter processes, communication, and response coordination. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kristin Stewart)

Deputy Ross Richards, Walton County Sheriff’s Office, responds to a report of shots fired at the 20th Space Control Squadron during active shooter training at site C-6 Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 27. Geographically separated from Eglin main by 25 miles, responding to incidents creates a challenge for the 96th Security Forces Squadron. The base unit has an agreement with WCSO to respond to any site C-6 emergency. Walton County Sheriff deputies and first responders from Eglin participated in the joint exercise to improve local active shooter processes, communication, and response coordination. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kristin Stewart)

Deputy Ross Richards, Walton County Sheriff’s Office, responds to a report of shots fired at the 20th Space Control Squadron during active shooter training at site C-6 Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 27. Geographically separated from Eglin main by 25 miles, responding to incidents creates a challenge for the 96th Security Forces Squadron. The base unit has an agreement with WCSO to respond to any site C-6 emergency. Walton County Sheriff deputies and first responders from Eglin participated in the joint exercise to improve local active shooter processes, communication, and response coordination. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kristin Stewart)

Deputy Ross Richards, Walton County Sheriff’s Office, responds to a report of shots fired at the 20th Space Control Squadron during active shooter training at site C-6 Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 27. Geographically separated from Eglin main by 25 miles, responding to incidents creates a challenge for the 96th Security Forces Squadron. The base unit has an agreement with WCSO to respond to any site C-6 emergency. Walton County Sheriff deputies and first responders from Eglin participated in the joint exercise to improve local active shooter processes, communication, and response coordination. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kristin Stewart)

Deputy Ross Richards, Walton County Sheriff’s Office, responds to a report of shots fired at the 20th Space Control Squadron during active shooter training at site C-6 Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 27. Geographically separated from Eglin main by 25 miles, responding to incidents creates a challenge for the 96th Security Forces Squadron. The base unit has an agreement with WCSO to respond to any site C-6 emergency. Walton County Sheriff deputies and first responders from Eglin participated in the joint exercise to improve local active shooter processes, communication, and response coordination. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kristin Stewart)

1st Lt. Dominic Vicino, 20th Space Control Squadron crew commander and active shooter training coordinator, discusses processes and response coordination with two members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office during active shooter training at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 27. Located 25 miles from Eglin main, site C-6 relies on WCSO deputies to rapidly respond to life-threatening situations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kristin Stewart)

1st Lt. Dominic Vicino, 20th Space Control Squadron crew commander and active shooter training coordinator, discusses processes and response coordination with two members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office during active shooter training at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 27. Located 25 miles from Eglin main, site C-6 relies on WCSO deputies to rapidly respond to life-threatening situations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kristin Stewart)

Senior Airman David Ruesche, 20th Space Control Squadron weapons and tactics instructor, calls to report shots fired on the second floor of the building during active shooter training at site C-6 Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 27. Walton County Sheriff's Office deputies and first responders from Eglin participated in the joint exercise to improve local active shooter processes, communication, and response coordination. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kristin Stewart)

Senior Airman David Ruesche, 20th Space Control Squadron weapons and tactics instructor, calls to report shots fired on the second floor of the building during active shooter training at site C-6 Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 27. Walton County Sheriff's Office deputies and first responders from Eglin participated in the joint exercise to improve local active shooter processes, communication, and response coordination. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kristin Stewart)

Capt. Justin Toney, 20th Space Control Squadron flight commander, announces over the public announcement system to go into ‘lockdown’ during active shooter training at site C-6 Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 27. Walton County Sheriff’s deputies and first responders from Eglin participated in the joint exercise practicing their ability to respond and work as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kristin Stewart)

Capt. Justin Toney, 20th Space Control Squadron flight commander, announces over the public announcement system to go into ‘lockdown’ during active shooter training at site C-6 Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 27. Walton County Sheriff’s deputies and first responders from Eglin participated in the joint exercise practicing their ability to respond and work as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kristin Stewart)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

The 20th Space Control Squadron Airmen led the first joint Walton County Sheriff’s Office and Eglin first responders to conduct active shooter training at site C-6 here, June 27.

The joint training simulated an active shooter scenario where Walton County deputies entered the building after responding to a report of shots fired on the second floor of the radar site.

Due to their distance away from Eglin main, the Airmen at the remote radar site took the initiative to organize the localized training with law enforcement and base responders.

“This event sharpened our local active shooter processes, communication, and response coordination,” said 1st Lt. Dominic Vicino, 20th SPCS crew commander and active shooter training coordinator. “These improvements will help mitigate any potential real-life threats.”

Geographically separated from Eglin main by 25 miles, responding to incidents creates a challenge for the 96th Security Forces Squadron. The base unit has an agreement with WCSO to respond to any site C-6 emergency.

“They are part of our first responder team to get out there quickly,” said Tech. Sgt. Daniel Hurlbert, 96th SFS lead training instructor. “They help us with our response time capabilities, which can save lives by having them react faster.”

The purpose of the training was to create a realistic scenario that utilized joint forces and tested all participant’s responses and decisions.

“If anything happens, we’re going to be the first ones to respond,” said District 2 Lt. Donald Savage, WCSO. “We’re here to test our ability to respond and improve on anything that may happen.”

The training was a result of months of planning between the WCSO, 96th Test Wing Office of the Inspector General, 96th Security Forces Squadron, site C-6 Fire Department, and the Base Defense Operations Center.

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