The Auburn Police Department and the Auburn Fire Rescue Department, in conjunction with CEMLEC SWAT, Mass Fire District 7 and the Auburn Mall will be conducting an “Active Shooter Drill” at the Auburn Mall this Sunday night, September 25, 2016 beginning at 7:15 p.m. The drill is expected to last 2 hours and will bring a large police, fire and EMS presence to the mall.
When the Auburn Mall closes at 7:00 p.m. the parking lots will be blocked off to normal traffic. Sign boards at the entrances to the mall stating that there is “Training in Progress” will be displayed.
Auburn Fire Rescue Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. states, “drills such as these are extremely critical in today’s society. It is imperative that as an organization we are prepared to respond during times of violent intruder incidents that produce mass casualties. Having the ability to train with all of our mutual aid partners as well as the business community to ensure a quick and efficient response to such a tragedy at any of our soft targets is imperative.”
Mall Manager Justin Feldhouse went on to say, “the Auburn Mall appreciates the opportunity to train and prepare with our police and fire partners. We value and maintain a close working relationship with local first responders and law enforcement to ensure that the appropriate security measures are being taken to help provide a safe environment at our mall.”
Expect to see a large police, Fire and EMS presence in the area of the Auburn Mall that night until approximately 9:30 p.m.