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FORT KNOX, Ky. — Gunshots echoed down the hallway of the top floor of Building 6578 Sept. 21 as part of this year’s multiday installation full-scale exercise.

Fort Knox conducts annual full-scale training exercise
Police officers canvas a hallway in Building 6578 Sept. 21, 2022 during an active shooter incident as part of an annual full-scale exercise to test the installation’s response times to various situations and how organizations solve issues. (Photo Credit: Eric Pilgrim, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL

Within minutes, police officers from the Directorate of Emergency Services rushed to the area and secured it, followed shortly by ambulances and fire trucks. One officer, then several more, entered the building to stop the shooter, while members of the fire department identified survivors and worked to get the injured safely out of the building.

Fort Knox conducts annual full-scale training exercise
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – An ambulance team from Hardin County EMS participated in this year’s full-scale exercise, as did Radcliff Fire Department. (Photo Credit: Eric Pilgrim, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL
Fort Knox conducts annual full-scale training exercise
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Police officers and fire department officials track the numbers of dead and injured as they decide what further steps need to be taken to protect innocent lives while securing the scene. (Photo Credit: Eric Pilgrim, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL

Several agencies and organizations participated in the exercise, designed to test reaction times to various catastrophic events and ways to reduce or prevent further disaster, while also simultaneously dealing with a range of second and third order effects.

Besides an active shooter incident, Fort Knox and area partner emergency services responded to a potential car bomb, a power outage and other scenarios throughout the exercise. Personnel from U.S. Army Installation Management Command graded the decisions and actions of participating personnel and will provide feedback for after-action reviews that will follow later in the week.

Fort Knox conducts annual full-scale training exercise
Some of the injured were carried on gurneys to a designated triage spot away from the building. Several organizations participated in this year’s exercise. (Photo Credit: Eric Pilgrim, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL