On Wednesday, Aug 9th, the Aransas Pass Police Department and the Aransas Pass Independent School District joined forces for our first Active Attack Full-Scale Exercise. This exercise welcomed over 77 first responders from the area to participate in this event. Responders to this event included Police, Fire, EMS, Emergency Managers, Communications Officers, and Animal Control Officers. This event evaluated our preparedness in response to an active attack event. Agencies all worked together with the common goals of stopping the killing, stopping the dying, and rapid casualty evacuation. APHS and A.C. Blunt Middle School staff and the Bee County Junior Deputy Program kids worked as scenario actors. The exercise wrapped up our summer active attack training program. This summer, APPD instructed numerous Active Attack Courses, which included ALERRT Level 1, ALERRT First Response Medical, and Active Attack Integrated Response. These courses were put on by multiple APPD instructors, and all area police, fire, and EMS departments were invited to participate.
On the morning of this exercise, AC Aaron Jones and Captain Troy Poe instructed the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events class to all APISD staff. Tri-county EMS and Aransas Pass Fire Department then partnered to teach the Stop the Bleed Course to the entire staff.
We are fortunate to have an amazing working relationship with all area responders and APISD, which allows us to train together and host such training exercises. We are already preparing a smaller-scale exercise for Faulk Elementry and Charlie Marshall Elementry School staff and planning another full-scale exercise for next summer. Also, a special thanks to the following organizations who made this exercise possible.
- Beeville ISD Police Department
- Bee County Sheriff’s Department and their Junior Deputy Program
- Bee County Office of Emergency Management
- San Patricio County Sheriff’s Office
- San Patricio County Office of Emergency Management
- San Patricio County CERT Team (Homeland Preparedness Project)
- Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM)
- City of Aransas Pass Public Works
- Angel Care EMS
- L & F Distributors
- Aransas Pass Alliance
Photographs from our previous training classes this summer: