Fire, police, EMS, and local hospital personnel from Marquette County joined a Michigan National Guard Civil Support Team for the mock emergency. The Battle Creek based National Guard Unit specializes in hazardous material, and weapons of mass destruction operations and support.
The set-up for the exercise was that a suspicious package had been found in a power station. The coordinated mock emergency took place at Power Station number 4 at the North end of Powder Mill Road in Marquette.
The crews had to practice the steps necessary in identifying the hazard, isolating it, treating any exposed or injured people, as well as securing the scene. They will be able to use this exercise as training in case an incident like this was to ever actually occur.
The final part of the mock emergency is an after-action assessment. This lets the various organizations know what went well and clues each group in to what areas of the emergency response need additional attention.
A hazardous materials exercise scheduled today in
Marquette will help emergency preparedness teams be ready in the event of an actual incident.
Fire, police, EMS, and local hospital personnel will be joining a Michigan National Guard Civil Support Team in a hazardous material exercise at 10:00 a.m. The Battle Creek based National Guard Unit specializes in hazardous material, and weapons of mass destruction operations and support.
The theme of the exercise is two-fold: responding to an emergency and creating a coordinated effort for emergency response agencies to work together. The event will give Marquette County Emergency Response Crews and First Responders a chance to interact and observe the specialized unit in action.
The exercise will take place at Power Station number 4 at the North end of Powder Mill Road in Marquette.
We will have more on this event tonight at 5:30 on ABC 10 News Now.