WPAFB planning base-wide active shooter training today

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — People around and in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base may experience delays at gates, hear alert sirens and other disruptions as part of a base-wide active shooter training exercise.

The exercise is planned for today on Areas A and B of the base and the response phase of the drill is expected to happen from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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According to base officials, the base will go into a full lockdown in response to the training and the Installation Command Center will issue notifications to the base over the Giant Voice public announcement system, social media and other internal communication.

“Active-shooter incidents can happen very quickly. Exercises, training and being prepared to take appropriate actions can save lives,” Garth Freund, 88th Air Base Wing exercise planner, said. “This is an exercise and a training event. We don’t want off-base police or fire to respond to the base.”

The base listed the following impacts as a result of the exercise:

  • Gate traffic or motorists rerouted to other entry-control points if a gate is closed.
  • Emergency-response vehicles moving around the base.
  • Travel congestion.
  • Temporary blockage of some roadways.
  • Increased security measures.
  • “Giant Voice” activation.
  • Use of telephone and electronic-notification methods.
  • Alert sirens

The base’s security forces, fire department and medical services will all respond and play a role in the drill, which is expected to take place around Building 434 on Area B.