Tools and Resources for the Multiagency Response

Example: The Phoenix Exercise Model

Phoenix, Arizona, has one of the most exercised response models in the United States. The Phoenix program has been exercised 80 times, and upgrades and improvements were made after each exercise. Of the 80 exercises, all were active shooter scenarios. Several scenarios included companion vehicle exercises with explosive devices. The Phoenix effort includes a special Rescue Task Force (RTF), which places fire and police personnel in warm zones to conduct rescues of trapped and injured citizens. RTF policies have been prepared jointly and define strategic-level response expectations. The RTF has a track record of responding to hundreds of shooting and other calls. The RTF cites its joint planning, preparation, and operations as key to success.

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