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Police, Firefighters to Use Seal Beach School to Train for Active-Shooter Scenarios

McGaugh Elementary School students will be on spring break at the time.

McGaugh Elementary School will be the site of an active-shooter training exercise for police and firefighters next week. Patch file photo.
McGaugh Elementary School will be the site of an active-shooter training exercise for police and firefighters next week. Patch file photo.

Next week, as McGaugh Elementary School students happily skip school for a week on spring break, the Seal Beach Police Department will commandeer their campus.

On Tuesday, officers, joined by firefighters from the Orange County Fire Authority, will use the east side of the campus at 1698 Bolsa Ave. to conduct an active-shooting training exercise, according to a Seal Beach P.D. press release.

"We chose the eastern portions of the school because the pool areas and tennis courts have city of Seal Beach recreational programs running every day of spring break," said Sgt. Phil Gonshak. 

The officers and firefighters will apply dynamic approach and entry techniques learned from years of practice and experience with active shooter incidents worldwide, according to the release. 

"This exercise is closely supervised and controlled," Gonshak said. "No live ammunition will be allowed in the operational area during the training. Safety officers will be in place to monitor and we are posting ample signage and greeters."

However, he added, if you are on campus that day, please plan accordingly.


Kiki Coll April 09, 2014 at 01:14 PM
Just more proof of where we are as a society. Our local and federal government would rather use man power and money for encounter technique training rather then doing anything preventative, like pass more effective gun laws or address the underlying causes of heightened violence in America. All this training exercise says is we understand that this is part of our life now, its an acceptable level of violence and we better train our people to be equally violent in response. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------"When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor." ~John Lennon

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