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Active-shooter drill planned on ferry Matanuska

An active-shooter drill is planned for Thursday morning on board the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Matanuska. During the training exercise, the ferry will be docked in downtown Ketchikan.

The exercise will test the system’s preparedness and safety programs. It also will test law enforcement and emergency medical service personnel.

According to Alaska Marine Highway spokesman Jeremy Woodrow, state and federal agencies will participate in the exercise in addition to ferry system employees. Those agencies are the Alaska State Troopers, U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska State Emergency Management Agency, Ketchikan Police Department and Ketchikan Fire Department.

Volunteers are needed to act as injured passengers. Anyone interested and able to participate, please contact William (Butch) Miller, Safety Management Coordinator, AMHS.

He can be reached at 907-228-7278 or via e-mail at: william.miller@alaska.gov

The exercise is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to about noon Thursday, with a debriefing to follow on board the Matanuska.

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