Training in Fairfax for an active shooter

The fire alarm system wailed as police officers, weapons drawn, fanned out through an office building in Fairfax on Tuesday. Shooting victims lay on the floor. The officers were searching for someone with a gun, a person known, in police jargon, as an “active shooter.”

But the office building was vacant. The bullets in the guns weren’t real and the victims were acting. It was all part of a massive exercise involving nearly 3,000 police officers and firefighters in Fairfax County, all of whom were training to respond to that active shooter situation.

The FCPD and FCFD are said to be among the few public safety teams in the country to conduct such large-scale joint training, which involves first responders from different entities working together. The training will last six weeks. The ultimate goal for the participants is to stop the active shooter and tend to casualties.









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Ed Tobias
Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.