The Aberdeen and Hoquiam police and fire departments will conduct an “active shooter” response exercise in an unoccupied East Hoquiam building Thursday between 9 a.m. and noon.
Local residents may notice activity in the area or hear about a shooting incident on police radios. According to a press release sent out by Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers, residents shouldn’t be alarmed, but should try to avoid the area.
This exercise will be used to evaluate the coordination, communication and response of officers during a mass shooting incident. All available officers, detectives and administrators from the departments will likely respond, as will personnel from the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, Cosmopolis Police Department and Grays Harbor Fire District 2.
Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Cosmopolis have been working together to develop a regional police, fire and EMS response plan for active shooter incidents in the wake of school and workplace violence across the county.