Guardsmen receive 'active shooter' training from Federal Protective Service

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  • By 1st Lt. Jean Riordan
  • 102nd Intelligence Wing Antiterrorism Officer
The 102nd Intelligence Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard hosted the Federal Protective Service here to conduct 'active shooter' training for both law and non-law enforcement members of the Massachusetts Military Reservation, June 13-14, 2012.

The Federal Protective Service is a federal law enforcement agency under the Department of Homeland Security and an 'active shooter' is defined as "an armed person who has used deadly physical force on other persons and continues to do so while having unrestricted access to additional victims."

The first training day consisted of lecture-based, classroom training for Unit Antiterrorism Representatives, preparing them to provide similar training in their respective work centers. Senior Special Agents provided a look at the history of active shooters and the evolution of Law Enforcement's response.

The second training day concluded with Airmen from the 102nd Security Forces Squadron using tactics taught during the classroom lecture. In practical application, the Airmen were given scenarios which they had to rapidly respond to.

"The training was realistic and beneficial in preparing for an active shooter response," said Staff Sgt. Greg Gresham, 102nd Intelligence Wing Antiterrorism NCO.