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Area public safety agencies collaborate on mass-casualty training

Multi-agency training event held Aug. 25-27 to prepare for emergency situations


Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO: WCSO - An array of public safety agencies spent three days in a mass-casualty training at Village Baptist Church in Beaverton. The Washington County Sheriff's Office sponsored the multi-agency training event, held Aug. 25-27 in partnership with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Metro West Ambulance. An array of public safety agencies spent three days in late August in a mass-casualty training at Village Baptist Church in Beaverton.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office sponsored the multi-agency training event, held Aug. 25-27 in partnership with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Metro West Ambulance. All Washington County law enforcement agencies were invited.

First responders learned many lessons from recent tragic events, including the importance of timely care for injured victims and the efficient coordination between law enforcement and medical responders. The sheriff's office has trained deputies and other law enforcement agencies for the past 15 years in active threat response to identify and quickly stop a threat, particularly in a public environment, said Sgt. Bob Ray, a sheriff's office spokesman.

During this intensive three-day training, the sheriff's office and TVF&R shared their collective knowledge, experience and each agency's emergency procedures to ensure a seamless response to any mass casualty event.

Washington County first responders have previously participated in extensive training in active threat and catastrophic situations. This training focused on a mass casualty event in both an indoor and outdoor business environment, with an emphasis on securing the scene and providing safe, expedited medical assistance and transportation.

"The sheriff's office and TVF&R are pleased to have this opportunity to train together to provide improved services to the citizens of Washington County," Ray said. "We would like to thank the many volunteer role players and the Village Baptist Church for generously allowing the use of their buildings to facilitate the training in a real-life environment."

The sheriff's office urges anyone who hears of or has knowledge of someone talking about harming others to notify local law enforcement agencies by calling 911.

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