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Naval Station Norfolk’s Security Forces neutralize the active shooter during the installations large scale Active Shooter Exercise.  The exercise was a cooperative effort and the culmination of four months of planning between NAVSTA Norfolk’s Security Forces, NAVSTA Norfolk Fire and Emergency Services, Naval Criminal Investigative Services, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Norfolk Police Department and Norfolk Fire and Emergency Services. 

Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk hosted an Active Shooter Exercise, Dec. 8.

The Large Scale Exercise was a cooperative effort and the culmination of four months of planning between NAVSTA Norfolk’s Security Forces, NAVSTA Norfolk Fire and Emergency Services, Naval Criminal Investigative Services, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Norfolk Police Department and Norfolk Fire and Emergency Services.  

“This exercise will allow us to improve and test our Security Forces and First Responders.  Additionally we will see how all participating entities work together during the stress of a realistic simulation,” said Capt. David Dees, Naval Station Norfolk Commanding Officer.  “This event will identify areas to improve how we coordinate and communicate internally and with the participating organizations.”

The scenario took place at the installations Air Operations building where a disgruntled Sailor pulled the fire alarm, which initiated response from Fire and Emergency Services. Upon their arrival the shooter shot one of the firefighters which then initiated response from Naval Security Forces.  The shooter then reentered the building where Security Forces along with supporting organizations cleared the building room by room until finding and neutralizing the shooter.  

“We have nearly 70,000 people who live and work on our installation and it is our job to make sure they are safe,” said Dees.  We want them to be able to come to work in a safe and secure environment.  These exercises help us make sure we can do that.”

NAVSTA Norfolk’s newly opened Emergency Operations Center was also activated during the drill and served as a central command and control facility, providing support to the on scene responders.  

Following the exercise, all entities conducted a debrief and discussed lessons learned which will be incorporated into future training for continual improvement. 

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