More than 100 first-responders practiced an active-shooter scenario at the Washington State Fair Events Center on Thursday.
"The purpose of this exercise is to develop participant skills and to improve communication among agencies during the response to a violent incident," according to a Pierce County news release.
The training exercise included protocols for responding to violence, wound management, patrol breaching, explosive ordinance disposal identification and school response guidelines.
The drill was co-sponsored by the countys Department of Emergency Management and Pierce County Fire & Law Cooperative Training Committee. Grant monies from the Department of Homeland Security are funding the training.
Participating in the exercise were representatives from Auburn, Bonney Lake, Fife, Fircrest, Lakewood, Milton, Puyallup, Puyallup Tribe, Sumner and Steilacoom police, as well as the Sheriffs Department, State Patrol and FBI.
For the first time, fire agencies such as Central Pierce, DuPont, East Pierce, Graham, Orting, Tacoma and West Pierce joined the training.