FBI, Homeland Security Simulate Terrorist Attack at Alabama Mall

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The FBI division in Birmingham, Alabama, announced that it joined police and the Department of Homeland Security in simulating a terrorist attack at a local mall as part of a training exercise for local law enforcement and first responders.

The “Complex Mall Attack” initiative was developed to promote preparedness.

The drill was conducted at the Hoover mall.

FBI Birmingham Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Schwein Jr. said “While this exercise is not in direct response to any incident, it is important for the FBI and our state, local, and federal partners to be prepared and to constantly maintain that preparedness, In a terrorism or active shooter incident, or any other similar situation, we work side by side with our law enforcement partners, and it’s important to exercise our joint capabilities.

We appreciate the opportunity to train with our law enforcement partners,” Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis said. “We know training is the key to saving lives when an event occurs.

Complete list of participating agencies:

FBI Birmingham Division, Hoover Police Department; U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS); United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama; Center for Domestic Preparedness; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); Hoover Emergency Medical Services; Hoover Fire Department; Riverchase Galleria Mall Security; Riverchase Mall Management; Shelby County Sheriff’s Office; Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office; Birmingham Police Department; Homewood Police Department.