SAN MARCOS (KXAN) - Shootings on military installations can produce circumstances unlike other active shooter situations.
“It brings a unique environment for first responders,” said Terry Nichols, the assistant director with the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Program at Texas State University.
ALERRT helps develop training exercise and methods designed to help law enforcement stop shootings like the one that took place at the Navy Yard in Washington on Monday.
Sgt. Kim Munley was one of two civilian officers who helped stop Major Nidal Hasan during his 2009 shooting assault on Fort Hood.
She had recently undergone ALERRT training and has credited the experience for her actions that day.
“Officer Munley and Officer Mark Todd did exactly as they were trained,” said Nichols. “They took the fight to the suspect.”
But getting all agencies on the same page can be a difficult task, especially on a military post or base.
“Getting them to interact with each other during the response is probably the hardest part,” said Nichols.
Typically, a military installation will have military and civilian police departments. Combine that with local police, fire, and emergency management services, and coordination becomes vital.
“(Fort Hood) hammered home to us the importance of training together ahead of when these events happen.”
Fort Hood says they do have a partnership with Killeen Police Department, but would not comment about specific security measures beyond the following statement:
“"It would be inappropriate for Fort Hood officials to talk about the Washington DC operations. Our security posture has not changed. It would be inappropriate for Fort Hood officials to comment on the DC incident or its operations. Our security posture has not changed. We continue to remain vigilant and will adjust our security measures as necessary to ensure safety of all personnel on Fort Hood. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured, their family and friends in Washington."
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