Brad Choat (Twitter: @choatsnews)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Acts of terrorism can happen anytime, anywhere.

That’s why first-responders in St. Louis were challenged to practice their skills at four different scenes on Saturday, according to Police Chief Sam Dotson, “One involves a car bomb. Another involves a suicide vest. There’s also an active shooter at a school, and a hostage situation.”

Dotson says they drew upon real-life accounts of what happened in Paris, San Bernardino, and other attacks to come up with their training exercise.

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Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson says even off-duty personnel got to benefit from hearing the radio traffic, “We’ve got firefighters and police officers across the city who are listening to what’s going on. This provides them with a critical thinking opportunity. They start thinking about what-ifs.”

Mayor Francis Slay gave his full support to the exercise, “Not only dies it help us respond better, but it also helps us strengthen relationships that will help protect our city and region in a better way, long-term.”

Chief Dotson says command staff will review how the training went and offer suggestions for improvement.

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