Emergency crews to conduct active shooter drill at movie theater

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A pair of Hollister police officers work in pairs of two during an active shooter training at Sunnyslope School. File photo by Nick Lovejoy

There will be a lot of action in the local movie theater Thursday, and not just from the films.

Local law enforcement, ambulance and fire agencies will participate in a fake active shooter exercise this Thursday. The training exercise, known as Operation Red Carpet, will take place at Hollister at Premiere Cinemas, 641 McCray St. First responders will be dispatched to a fake “shots fired” call around 10 a.m.

The exercise will provide first responders an opportunity to train and evaluate capabilities, plans, policies and procedures. It will focus on decision-making, coordination and integration with other agencies during a multi-casualty incident.

Participating agencies include the Hollister Fire Department, Hollister Police Department, San Benito County Sheriff’s Office, San Benito County Probation Department, American Medical Response, San Benito County Behavioral Health Department, Santa Cruz Regional 911, Stanford Life Flight Air Ambulance, Hazel Hawkins Hospital and the American Red Cross.

The training exercise is being put on by the San Benito County Emergency Medical Services Agency and the San Benito County Department of Public Health. Agencies across the state will hold similar emergency exercises on the same day.

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