Miller Brewery facilities posed 'unique' challenge for firefighters responding to shooting

  • Source: WITI Fox Channel 6
  • Published: 03/05/2020 08:32 PM

It was not just an active shooter call, but an active shooter call on a massive campus of buildings that contain potentially harmful chemicals. IT's the worst possible scenario that Milwaukee firefighters train for. "It becomes apparent to you rather quickly this is not some false alarm or prank call," said Aaron Lipski, assistant chief with the Milwaukee Fire Department. The Miller Brewery shooting left six dead, fewer than 100 firefighters were some of the first on the scene. An active shooter coupled with the chemical risk made the situation especially dangerous, according to Lipski. "We're uniquely capable of dealing with both, but to put them together, I think adds a really unique wrinkle," Lipski said. "It's already a bad situation, now, if we have chemicals involved, it could be even worse."


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