Middle Tennessee emergency responders to participate in preparedness challenge

Monday, March 26, 2012 at 5:03pm
Staff reports

Several local agencies are set to participate in a large-scale emergency disaster preparedness exercise this week at LP Field.

The Emergency Preparedness Challenge exercise will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

The TN Homeland Security District 5 exercise will include agencies from Davidson, Sumner, Wilson, Williamson and Rutherford counties as well as several other local, state and federal agencies.

This exercise is the second full-scale HSD5 exercise designed to evaluate district capabilities and partnerships, if responding to a catastrophic event that could result in mass casualties. The exercise is also designed to educate and train a broad spectrum of the district’s emergency response community.

The challenge will include dozens of volunteers acting as injured patients involved in a major incident that will mobilize emergency responders from multiple counties. The exercise scenario will demand a unified emergency response with police, fire, emergency medical services and other specialty responders.

Included in the exercise will be a new HSD5 emergency command vehicle, “Command One,” which district recently received the vehicle that can be used on major incidents requiring the use of a unified incident command. During large emergencies, commanders will work together in the mobile center to mitigate the hazard. The Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management will manage and operate the vehicle.

The organized exercise is intended to stress the emergency response system as much as possible, identifying organizational areas of strength as well as needed improvements.

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