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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Drill conducted on theater shootings

...more drills, but this one outside DC - a Columbine style high school gunman:

Prince George’s County Police Train for Mass Shooting
By Pat Collins |  Friday, Jul 20, 2012  |  Updated 9:53 PM EDT
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Police in Prince George’s County had mass shooting on the mind before the overnight massacre at a screening of the latest Batman movie in Aurora, Colo. The department carried on with its previously planned mass shooting training exercise Friday.

Though planned months ago, the training took on new meaning just hours after the tragedy in Colorado.

The exercise simulated a gunman on the loose at Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md. Though the victims were acting, real snipers, SWAT teams, bomb squads and K-9 units were ready.

Police used their Peace Keeper, the vehicle the SWAT team rides, which is not only bulletproof, but armor-piercing bulletproof. It also is equipped with the Patriot, which allows the team to make upstairs entries.

Positioning police in strategic places can prevent attacks, police said. The public can help as well by staying alert and reporting suspicious activity, Assistant Chief Kevin Davis said.
The tragedy that played out in an Aurora movie theater Friday was ironically paralleled as a classroom learning experience in a medical school in Parker(CO) the same day. of the scenarios being used to train the students is how to respond if a shooter fires at people in a movie theater and also uses a bomb in the attack.
"The irony is amazing, just amazing," said Rocky Vista Dean Dr. Bruce Dubin.

Operation Mountain Guardian - Sep 24, 2011  

Smedley Elementary School Denver. Homeland Security terror drill in Denver revealed the ultimate goal was to relocate children and at risk populations to FEMA sport stadium relocation centers. Denver Police Victim Assistance Unit director Scott Snow admits in this clip.

A massive Terror Drill remarkably ignored by all but local media is now underway in Denver, Colorado.

More than 100 government agencies are taking part in Operation Mountain Guardian, made possible due to a grant from the Department of Homeland Security through FEMA Region VIII and the State of Colorado Governor's Office of Homeland Security, according to KDVR in Denver.

Mock terror drills will be staged at a mall, an elementary school, a community college, a hospital, and transportation hubs, including the Denver airport.

The exercise is scheduled to begin at 5 a.m. and end by 4:30 p.m., according to ABC 7 News in Denver.
The tragedy that played out in an Aurora movie theater Friday was ironically paralleled as a classroom learning experience in a medical school in Parker the same day.

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine is in the middle of holding specialized classes in disaster life support for 150 second-year medical students. Along with response to natural disasters like hurricanes and floods and terrorist attacks, one of the scenarios being used to train the students is how to respond if a shooter fires at people in a movie theater and also uses a bomb in the attack.

"The irony is amazing, just amazing," said Rocky Vista Dean Dr. Bruce Dubin.
The University of Colorado at Denver received NIH grants of $180 million in FY 2011. Part of this money supported research at Children’s Hospital Colorado, which ranked fifth on the U.S. News and World Report Best Children's Hospitals Honor Roll of 2011-12. Biomedical innovations at the hospital include preventing brain injury in premature infants by adding nitric oxide to ventilators and performing the first pediatric liver transplant in the world
The Society for Neuroscience has 300 members in Colorado. These neuroscientists and other biomedical researchers at institutions across the state conduct cutting edge research supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Researchers in Colorado were supported in FY2011 by approximately $320,340,902 in NIH funding.
Advancing Research
Some of the important progress made by Colorado’s scientists with support from NIH includes:
 $24,250,621 to study substance abuse.

 VIDEO: School Shooting Drill A Timely Exercise
6:50 PM, Jul 20, 2012 

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA)- Preparing for an eventuality they hope never comes, members of the Prince George's County police practiced on Friday what to do in the case of a shooting at a school.

The exercise took on a timely sense in the wake of the tragic shooting in Colorado, heightening the intensity of the drill.

9News Now photojournalist Greg Guise was along for the drill, and his video, above, shows the key elements of a successful exercise.

Center, CO,... more Columbine-style drills the day after, but posted the day before the Saturday drill with all past tense language in the article which might mean the drill happened the week before:

Mock shooting drill staged Saturday
Posted: Friday, Jul 20th, 2012
By Teresa L. Benns

CENTER — A mock shooting/hostage exercise was held Saturday at the new Center Schools complex with Center Police, School Safety Supervisor Jaime Hurtado and Center Fire Dept. with Center ambulance participating in the event.

The drill was funded by a grant obtained through the Center Fire Department by fire chief Jim Felmlee. A Saguache Sheriff’s office deputy was scheduled to participate but had to respond at the last minute to a high speed chase situation near Villa Grove, newly appointed Undersheriff Tristan Van Zalinge reported Monday.

Van Zalinge said that deputies regularly participate in active shooter training and that several jurisdictions would be involved in any event that would occur.

The scenario for the exercise was an armed shooter entering the school and taking hostages, aided by an accomplice. Center Police responded and tried to isolate and negotiate with the shooter, to no avail. Classrooms were checked one by one and the accomplice was arrested. Students were later evacuated.

The shooter exited the building and released the hostage then attempted to leave the scene. While fleeing the scene, he was shot by police officers. Center Ambulance then removed several wounded and deceased individuals from the school.

John Michael Keyes, father of Emily Keyes, slain during a 2006 shooting incident at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, says that the protocol now is for police and SWAT to be proactive and to pursue and incapacitate any shooter. During the Columbine High School shootings in 2000, Jefferson County deputies and other law enforcement agents did not enter the school to actually pursue the two shooters and were roundly criticized for their actions.

Center Schools plans to continue education efforts using Keyes directives to make sure protocols are in place to effectively deal with any potential violence at the school.

 Who had foreknowledge--Dick Cheney???
  ...  As she asked Rove about when Romney will announce his VP something caught my attention.
Rove explains that Romney has some choices here. He could announce his VP after the Olympics so that the announcement will get maximum attention. The second option and his bizarre explanation follows: He said that if Romney announces his VP this week (Keep in mind that the Olympic Games start next Friday July 27) or sometime before the games Something may happen that will captivate the American people's attention that will make us forget all about the VP choice and maybe the election itself!

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