FBI simulate terrorist attack at Washington Square Mall

A member of the FBI Portland Division SWAT team trains at Washington Square Mall (FBI photo).
A member of the FBI Portland Division SWAT team trains at Washington Square Mall (FBI photo).

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Portland Division, Tigard Police Department and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue participated in what the FBI describes as a “major field test” to a simulated terrorist attack.

The scenario included an active shooter inside the mall. The exercise, held at the Washington Square mall in Tigard, Ore. overnight, included dozens of cast members serving as bystanders, hostages, victims, and criminals, the FBI said in a statement.

Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon said: “Recent incidents at public venues–both in the United States and elsewhere–underscore the need for public safety and private sector partners to train together and to identify best practice.”

“Coordination and communication are critical to saving lives in the kind of attack we tested.”

During the exercise, Tigard Police tested its first response capability with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, while the FBI tested its tactical, explosives, evidence collection, and hostage negotiation response skills, according to the media statement.

“The safety of our shoppers and retailers is a top priority, and we strive to maintain a safe, enjoyable shopping environment at Washington Square,” said Thomas Randall, Property Manager of Washington Square.



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