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August 01, 2019
Full-scale mock disaster training exercise for an active assailant to be performed in Macomb County
More than 100 police, fire, EMS and hospital personnel to take part alongside 250 school staff and students
Macomb County Emergency Management, Clinton Township Emergency Management and the City of Warren Emergency Management will take part in a full-scale mock disaster training exercise on Thursday, August 8. The exercise, which officials have been planning for over a year, aims to increase readiness capabilities for an active assailant incident.
“Active assailant incidents are dynamic, quick-paced events that require a certain amount of specialized and coordinated planning by emergency management and the public safety entities,” said Brandon Lewis, director for Macomb County Emergency Management and Communications. “The events themselves are usually short in duration and the response efforts need to be quick and efficient in order to protect and save as many people as possible – which is why we are hosting this mass exercise.”
Over 100 personnel from police, fire, EMS and hospitals across the county are expected to participate in the mock disaster drill, as well as over 250 school staff and students at three local high schools, including Clintondale High School, Clinton Township; Fitzgerald High School, Warren; and L’Anse Creuse High School, Harrison Township.
“The events at the high schools will begin in the morning and conclude by noon,” said Vicki Wolber, deputy county executive for Macomb County. “We are putting this announcement out to alert locals and residents that this exercise is happening and that it is just a drill. So if you encounter the training, please know that this is a controlled and planned event.”
In addition to the first responders and school staff, another 200 bus drivers from around the county are participating in a series of trainings geared towards their preparedness and other emergencies that are specific to their trade. School transportation services are often not included in planning and training for emergency incidents but they play a vital role in harboring and protecting children as well.
“Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that we are ready for any type of incident that may occur in Macomb County,” said Lewis. “And we want the public to know that their local entities are prepared to protect and serve them.”
In October 2018, it was announced that the Macomb County Office of Emergency Management and Communications had received a federal School Violence Prevention Program grant in the amount of $316,860. Grant funds are being utilized to hire personnel that will work directly with local school districts, law enforcement, fire and other public health and safety providers to enhance school safety efforts within the county, including efforts to prepare for an active assailant event. The personnel will participate in the exercise and integrate lessons learned into school safety planning countywide.
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