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Tanana Chiefs Conference to conduct active shooter drills

Published: Aug. 24, 2021 at 3:33 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) will be conducting active shooter drills this week.

According to John Binkley, Security Manager for TCC, the drills will be conducted Wednesday, August 25th and will go for a few hours. “Tomorrow we are conducting an active shooter exercise. It starts in the afternoon and what we’re going to do is, along with our community partners, we’re going to have role-players come in and simulate an active shooter event, and have the staff and safety and security department react to it.”

The drill will include several emergency response vehicles on the main TCC premises at the Chief Peter John Tribal Building , and Binkley says TCC is working to ease any potential concerns for those observing the drill. “There will be police activity along with other emergency response vehicles. If you see them around the building, don’t get concerned. The event takes place between the hours of one and five, so it will be in the afternoon. You might hear some shouting and some loud noises. There’s the potential for role-players to be in stretchers, so just don’t be concerned if [you’re] around just this building. It’s isolated to this location.”

These drills will be conducted in collaboration with the Alaska State Troopers, the Fairbanks Fire Department, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, and Interior Regional Emergency Medical Services. Binkley explained that Wednesday’s drill is one of several that TCC conducts every year to stay sharp in case of an emergency. “We try to do fire drills, evacuation drills, things that test our emergency responses once a year. It gives our staff and our beneficiaries the opportunity to respond to it, and it builds confidence that they know what to do in an emergency situation.”

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