It all started with a bang.
With reports of an
explosion, a three-person response team rushed to the scene of a school and
breached a door in order to assess the situation, stop the threat and get
medical assistance to victims in need.
The explosion signaled the start
of an active shooter scenario as personnel with the Kansas State University
Police Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol and Riley County Emergency Medical
Services participated in active violence training June 12 at Victory Village,
Fort Riley’s Combined Arms Collective Training Facility.
Officers from various
agencies responded to several different scenarios in a variety of settings June
10 and 12 as part of K-State’s annual active violence training.
“Each year we try to do a little
bit different in terms of active violence and active shooter training because
each scenario is different in the real world,” said Capt. Don Stubbings,
K-State Police Department.
Citing real-world examples,
such as the Boston Marathon bombings and nationwide school shooting incidents,
the scenarios incorporated elements such as explosions and active shooters.
“A lot of times there’s a combination
of different types of violence,” Stubbings said. “We want to make sure that our
officers are exposed to those situations so they can respond appropriately.”
In a real-world scenario, personnel
from different agencies would also likely respond, so the training focused on
“There’s a lot of officers coming
on scene ... The challenge is – how do we communicate? How do we collaborate?” Stubbings
said. “How do they stop the threat and get service to those victims?”
Training scenarios were staged
in several buildings including a hotel, a farmhouse and a school.
Many buildings at Victory Village
are wired for sound and video, so observers were able to watch in real time at
the Range Operations Center. Additionally, participants were given video copies
of their training to take with them, which helps them continue learning from the
training even after they’ve left the facility.
Stubbings said Victory Village
provided an ideal setting to conduct the training.
“The technology available here
at Victory Village is second to none. It allows us to have a real-time
experience for those officers. They’re experiencing things in those buildings that
you see in the real world,” he said. “When you can make the training as real as
possible using the best facilities as possible, you’re going to get the best
response you have … So they’re getting some of the best training they can get
for these situations.”
The training also
incorporated a mobile command vehicle, an EMS tactical team and combat aid
The opportunity to train at
Fort Riley came out of a partnership between the Directorate of Emergency
Services, K-State and other local emergency responders.
Stubbings said the organic partnership
between the entities has been extremely valuable.
“The training’s going
excellent. The collaboration is incredible. The service here at Fort Riley and
the support we’ve had is second to none. The people here at the CACTF and the
Victory Village – they’ve opened their doors to us and have been incredible,”
he said. “When you put that team approach and those collaborations, great
things happen. And that’s what’s happened here.”