Police officers and firefighters of the San Ramon Valley teamed up for an active shooter training session last week.
More than 50 police officers and fire personnel from the Danville Police Department, Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office and the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District were on site Thursday at Monte Vista High School in Danville to respond during a simulated active shooter scenario.
"In years past, the drill has focused on the apprehension of the mock assailants and securing the scene," Jeff Hebel, emergency services manager for the town of Danville, said in a statement. "This year we expanded the drill to include firefighters and paramedics to exercise the rescue team component."
Other multi-agency simulations have occurred throughout the Tri-Valley this summer, such as the active shooter training held in Pleasanton on July 28 by Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore police departments along with Livermore-Pleasanton firefighters.
During the Pleasanton training session, the agencies also focused on getting emergency medical services on the scene with police officers to help victims during the active shooting instead of waiting until the site has been deemed safe and secured.
"It is imperative that all emergency service agencies work seamlessly together in a time of crisis," said Dan MacNamara, battalion chief for San Ramon Valley Fire. "Exercises, like the one (Thursday), are crucial for our readiness to respond to any emergency in our community."
The four-hour training session in Danville consisted of emergency services crews rotating throughout different parts of the scenario. Police volunteers and local high school students participated as role-players to add a sense of realness to the training.
"Our hope is that we never have to use this training," Danville police chief Steve Simpkins said. "But I feel confident that in the event that the worst happens, our local emergency responders will be ready."
Active shooter statistics:
* In an FBI study of 84 active shooter incidents, most incidents occur in a small- or medium-sized community where police departments are limited by budget constraints and small work forces.
* According to FBI statistics, 37% happen at a business, 34% school, 17% public venue and 12% other locations.
* The average active shooter incident lasts 12 minutes -- 37% last less than 5 minutes, 43% are over before police arrive and 57% are still happening when police arrive.
* When it comes to the shooter, FBI studies have found that the culprit is almost always a single-shooter (98%) and is a male (97%).
* 40% of active shooters commit suicide, 10% stop shooting and walk away, and 20% go to another location.