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319th Security Forces Airmen participate in active-shooter training

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  • By Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez
  • 319th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Several Airmen with the 319th Security Forces Squadron and other law enforcement agencies participated in classroom and hands-on training dealing with active shooter scenarios here, Aug. 8, 9 and 10, 2017.

The training was hosted at Carl Ben Eielson Elementary School by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and was designed as a refresher course to focus on tactics how to handle an active shooter or barricaded subject.

The three-day active-shooter training included classroom and hands-on training, and included agencies like the University of North Dakota Police Department, North Dakota and Minnesota Highway Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the 319th Security Forces Squadron.

Athan Birbilis, operations officer with the USCBP stationed at the Grand Forks Sector Headquarters, was in charge for organizing the event and setting up logistics.

“The biggest benefit is we’re all training together,” He said. “In a field environment, it’s realistic to have different agencies responding to that incident. If we’re all training together, we know what to do to respond effectively and properly.”