PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. -
- Terrorism excerises unfolded on public buses
- Scenarios in Spanaway, Puyallup
- More than 60 volunteers played passengers
Pierce Transit and first responders participated in a terrorist response exercise in two locations on Thursday.
At the Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway, the scenario was a transit bus that has just had a bomb explode. Another bomb was then found inside a building. There were multiple casualties as first responders arrived at the scene, including a bomb robot and bomb-sniffing dogs.
At the Washington State Fair and Event Center in Puyallup, a "hijacked" bus was used for hostage negotiations and SWAT response. First responders from police and fire responded at the buses, and worked on neutralizing the “bad guys” and helping multiple victims.
More than 60 volunteers played passengers on the buses, some wounded after explosions. More than 300
The exercise came after 16 months of training, drills and other exercises with Pierce Transit and its partners.
It was funded by Department of Homeland Security grants.