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Press Release | April 24, 2023

Media Advisory: Coast Guard and partner agencies to hold joint active shooter full-scale exercise in Ketchikan, Alaska 

PADET Kodiak

Ketchikan, Alaska – Personnel from the Coast Guard and partner agencies are scheduled to hold an active shooter drill at the Ketchikan Ferry Terminal from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday.  

WHAT: Active shooter full-scale exercise  

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.   

WHERE: Ketchikan Ferry Terminal, 3501 Tongass Ave, Ketchikan, AK 99901.  

Residents and community members around the Ketchikan area should expect large numbers of public safety personnel, equipment, sirens and simulated gunfire. This is a test of staff and equipment and will not pose a threat to the public. Due to operational considerations, the public and media personnel will not be allowed near the terminal.  

Due to operational considerations, the public and media personnel should avoid the Ketchikan Ferry Terminal area, as access to the Terminal will not be authorized for the duration of the exercise.

Organized by the Coast Guard and the Southeast Alaska Area Maritime Security Committee, this important full-scale exercise will simulate a response to an attack against the marine transportation system. It will include coordination between the following responding agencies:  

• Coast Guard Sector Juneau and Coast Guard Station Ketchikan   

• City of Ketchikan Police, Fire, and EMS  

• Federal Bureau of Investigation   

• Alaska State Troopers 

• Alaska Wildlife Troopers  

• Alaska Marine Highway System  

• North and South Tongass Fire Department   

• PeaceHealth Medical Center   

• City of Ketchikan Docks and Harbors 

• U.S. Customs and Border Protection  

• U.S. Forest Service 

• NOAA - Office of Law Enforcement 

• Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 

This exercise will not interfere with Airport Ferry operations to and from the Ketchikan International Airport

For additional information please contact U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Ian Gray at (907) 654-4112.