Klamath Falls, Ore. – Emergency responders in Klamath County are better prepared tonight to deal with an active shooter situation.
Klamath Community College served as the classroom for an active shooter training drill Thursday morning.
“Ten agencies involved throughout the county,” said Erick Bishop of Klamath County Fire District #1. “We have about 2 shooters, and approximately 10 victims.”
The scenario provides a unique opportunity for agencies to work together to improve their skills.
Technical Sergeant JT Lombardi is a member of the Oregon Air National Guard and serves with the 173rd Security Services. “Right now, our officers getting to come in, and work with them in a tactical environment, is a great way for us just to continue to build partnerships with our local community emergency responders.”
And the lessons learned can pay dividends in other emergency situations.
The training is watched closely by several observers, who are able to offer suggestions for improvement once training is complete.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.