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Thursday, 28 February 2019 15:38

Exercise in Topeka Prepares Responders for Active Assailant

(TNS) - Dozens of emergency responders rushed Tuesday around the Capitol Federal building in downtown Topeka during an exercise simulating an active assailant incident.

The training was organized by the Shawnee County, Kan., Department of Emergency Management and included several area agencies.

"We like to think when it happens here, versus if — that way we have that mindset and we're more prepared," said emergency management director Dusty Nichols.

The rescue task force stems from the 1999 Columbine High School shooting and other mass casualty events.