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Four-Day Exercise to Test Agency Coordination

 

September 21, 2007

9:00 AM

 

AUGUSTA, MAINE -- For four days next week, residents and visitors in Waldo and Hancock Counties next week may see more fire trucks, police cruisers and ambulances than usual. A major exercise will be held Wednesday through Saturday, September 26th through 29th in several venues in those Counties. The “Waldo Responder 07” exercise will test the capability of local, county, state and federal agencies to communicate and work together in a major emergency.

“We will be using a terrorism scenario,” says Dale Rowley, Waldo County Emergency Management Director. “However, these agencies would also be working together in a mass casualty or major emergency of any kind, here or in another part of the state. We will be thoroughly testing our ability to work together smoothly.”

Over the four days of the exercise, activities will be take place in areas of Islesboro, Belfast, Castine and Stockton Springs. Residents and visitors may notice emergency vehicle activity and notices of “exercise in progress” at several venues in and around these communities. The Stockton Town Landing will be closed to the public Saturday, September 29 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

“All of the agencies responding have good plans and extensive training, and this scenario will put all that to the test,” says Ralph Pinkham, Hancock County Emergency Director. “We expect all response units to do well, but also that we will find things to improve upon. That’s why we exercise, to test our plans and training in the field, and get better at what we do.”

The exercise will involve local responders, hospitals, local, county and state law enforcement, regional hazardous materials response teams, multi-state National Guard teams, and federal and state marine law enforcement specialists. It will test communications systems and operating protocols that are used statewide, and will provide valuable information on best practices to be shared, and improvements that could be implemented in other parts of the State.

Functions that will be tested include information sharing and analysis; coordinated law enforcement response; multi-agency incident coordination; mass casualty and fatality response, and inter-agency communication.

Exercise coordination is provided by the US Navy’s Center for Asymmetric Warfare, in conjunction with the Maine Emergency Management Agency and the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency. This exercise is part of the East Coast Initiative, a Congressional program sponsored by Senator Susan Collins of Maine, and Senator John Warner of Virginia.

Funding and support is provided through the East Coast Initiative, the Homeland Security Grant Program, the Maine Emergency Management Agency Exercise Program and Waldo and Hancock County Emergency Management Agencies.

 

Contact:

Lynette Miller
624-4420

 

Last update: 07/20/10