An active shooter situation on a vessel is unique as compared to the same scenario in a building. (Photo: iStock)

Recently, the Cincinnati Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) conducted an active shooter drill on one of my boats, the Belle of Cincinnati. The drill was designed to bring law enforcement and SWAT teams from adjoining municipalities together to take part in a simulated active shooter scenario on an underway vessel.  

The AMSC planned the exercise with an eye toward creating a very realistic scenario.  A soundtrack, complete with the sounds of gunshots and screaming passengers, played throughout the day. Tactical teams wore camouflaged fatigues, flak jackets, and helmets, and carried weapons of every caliber.    

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