Skip to comments.Navy Yard, DC. Active Shooter (Update: False Alarm)
Posted on 07/02/2015 5:08:04 AM PDT by TomGuy
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Below the neck and above the waist!
I’m glad you can appreciate a sense of humor. It had to be harrowing there for a bit.
Enjoy your weekend!
If theey were white they would be talking about it today.
Just started reading the thread & jumped ahead to see how you were faring. So happy to hear all of you are safe!!
All’s clear, back to work ( well, plenty of people have left for the long weekend). Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers.
“Shelter in place” is how the authorities say two things these days:
1. You’re on your own!
2. Martial Law is now in effect.
Shortly after we posted, the term “stalled convoy” was used. I literally jumped out of my seat! My wife asked what was up, and I said, “Thats a bot hit!”
I think the whole linguistics study of the internet is fascinating. But of course, once it becomes more mainstream it will stop working....
Having spent some time with the Emergency response unit in town lately, I can tell you that MOST of these guys were NOT doing anything remotely productive before that call went out.
Its one of those things that you pay for while they are doing nothing...and it makes you angry. But when they are “needed” its nice to have them nearby.
And all of the equipment: Homeland Security Grants are a huge source of funding. Much of this came as a result of Katrina, not terrorism. Of course, in DC there is probably a lot more attention on terrorism, rather than here in suburban New England.
Sorry to hear there was a false alarm, but I’m glad nobody was actually harming folks there.
I can’t address your location, but I will address the other emergency responder locations I have observed.
While it is true that there is down time, it’s also true that the facilities and equipment at the places I observed were immaculate.
Some people had obviously spent a great deal of time keeping the equipment in almost original condition, despite some of the circumstances that equipment had been soiled under.
I don’t begrudge these folks the down time, and I will state further that down time in any job is not what it is cracked up to be. The time passes slowly and can be very grating to deal with.
These people often spend days away from their families. It is also true they then get uninterrupted days with their families too.
They are there when we need them. I am glad they are.
Thanks for the insight and thanks for what you do.
Yes, I dont mean to say they were all sitting behind the dunkin donuts. Not by any stretch.
The amount of maintenance and training that I witnessed on a daily basis was impressive.
You could eat off the fire apparatus, and the floor of the department. I was next to the bomb squad unit when they came back into the station. The process of “standing down” was just as impressive as them deploying.
I guess my point was that these guys are not out fighting crime all of the time. But when this stuff happens they ALL go.
Thanks Vermont Lt, and to be clear, I wasn’t trying to give you a hard time. I just wanted to provide a little broader perspective.
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