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Camp Ripley Trains to Ensure Safety, Security and Awareness

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- Security personnel, along with local community first responders, and law enforcement agencies took part in a joint emergency reaction exercise at Camp Ripley, Sept 13, 2013

"The purpose of the exercise was to reinforce security and situational awareness for personnel on and off the facility," said Maj Joseph Sanganoo, Camp Ripley Training Center operations officer

Camp Ripley Public Safety and other emergency responders orchestrated an emergency response exercise based on the scenario of an Active Shooter which allowed for several on and off-post agencies to test their reaction and procedures during such an event

"Many of the topics surrounding the Active Shooter event in Washington point out specific key safety and security issues that were addressed during our Active Shooter Awareness Training here on the installation," said Capt Nathan Johnson, director of the Camp Ripley Public Safety Department

The training exercise conducted on Camp Ripley introduced several scenarios including a lost child and active shooter which allowed for various levels of response and engagement All the scenarios pointed out the importance of security awareness and the role everyone plays in dealing with these concerns

"The overall exercise was a success," said Lt Adam Fulton, Minnesota State Patrol "Coordinating the response efforts of military and civilian agencies reacting to the situation went very well," he added

The event demonstrated the need for continued inter-agency collaboration Future exercises will be conducted to evaluate the response and reporting procedures of participating agencies

Sept 13, 2013
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs



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