Sheriff’s, fire departments to take part in active shooter drill in Palm Desert

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PALM DESERT (CNS) - An active shooter training drill will be held Sunday morning in Palm Desert to test the preparedness of law enforcement and medical response teams, the Riverside County Sheriff's and Fire Department announced today. The drill, to be held at the Westfield Palm Desert, will simulate a mass casualty and multi-agency response, with volunteers acting as injured victims and bystanders. The Riverside County Sheriff's and Fire departments, along with other local law enforcement and fire agencies, private industry and the healthcare system, will take part. "We need to prepare in all situations," said Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Mike Vasquez, who noted that malls and other public gathering places are often targets of mass shooters. "(The drill also) offers the abilit
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