HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Tens of thousands of people flow in and out of Redstone Arsenal each day. It is eight square miles in the heart of the Tennessee Valley where security is of the utmost importance.
After a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard left claimed the lives of 12 victims, Redstone Arsenal officials say they have plans in place for exactly this type of emergency scenario.
“This type of incident is always a concern for everyone, because these things can happen anywhere at anytime,” said Captain Bobby York, with Redstone Arsenal Police. “We train on a daily basis for what happened up in Washington, D.C.. We evaluate other events that occur throughout the world, anytime an active shooter event occurs, so we can learn from those things as we need to and apply it to our situations.”
York says it is not just Redstone Arsenal police and military personnel who are prepared for a response. Every arsenal employee is trained for not only how to respond to an attack – but how to see the potential for one before it ever occurs.
“The biggest thing for us is we want the community and the workers here to know everyone has a role to play in preventing these things from occurring,” said York.
As a microcosm of their communities, York says, those who work on Redstone Arsenal, or any military installation, should never take safety for granted.
“We got to remember that people who work on military bases are just like people anywhere else,” said York. “They have the same issues, problems, and concerns as everybody else. Just because they work on a military installation doesn’t change the dynamic.”
WHNT News 19 is told the level of security at Redstone Arsenal did not change in response to the shooting in D.C.