Multiple law enforcement and emergency services personnel participated Friday in a large-scale training operation at the site of the former Lotus Restaurant in Old Town. Dozens of officers, taking turns in groups, descended on a building in which a mass shooting had been staged. Armed with guns loaded with “simunition,” paint-filled plastic-tipped bullets, the agents searched the building for potential victims and shooters, actually firing on suspects. “Our job is to smash the threat,” said an Oregon State Police trooper who was critiquing the scene. The trainer from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training explained, “This is about as realistic as it gets.” He told the trainees that their job was to “dominate, eliminate and control” the situation. Agencies participating in the Feb. 28 morning exercise included Florence Police Department, Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue, Confederated Tribes police, OSP troopers, Lane County Sheriff’s deputies, the U.S. Coast Guard, officers from Douglas County and the city of Coburg and troopers from the U.S. Forest Service. River House Inn, also on Bay Street, donated a room for emergency responders
during the training period.
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