Local first responders will take part in an active shooter drill alongside the Montana National Guard at Fort Harrison on Wednesday morning.
A Sunday press release from the fort’s public affairs office said the drill poses no threat to the public but advised area residents to be aware that there will be more emergency vehicles than usual in the area, especially on Williams Street and Country Club Avenue. The drill is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and wrap up within the hour.
“Officers from the Montana Highway Patrol, Lewis and Clark Sheriff’s Office and the Helena Police Office, as well as first responders from local fire and EMT services will take part in the exercise designed to develop coordination of command and control between the various agencies,” the release read.
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Montana was one of eight states without any active shooter incidents among the 250 documented between 2000 and 2017, according to an FBI report. Of those 250 incidents, more than half occurred in 2012 or since then.
The report counted 138 deaths and 591 injuries in 30 active shooter incidents throughout 2017, all three figures record highs for the preceding 17 years.