Emergency drill set for Thursday in Pennsylvania
Carlisle Sentinel | August 16, 2005
Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle Regional Medical Center and Cumberland County Department of Emergency will conduct a joint exercise Thursday that will include simulated explosions and could cause travel delays around the post and hospital.
In a press released issued Tuesday morning, officials say area residents and motorists should not be alarmed if they see emergency response vehicles, hear the simulated explosions or notice chemical decontamination tents being erected near the hospital.
The exercise will focus on a hostage situation and rescue response as well as mass casualty and decontamination-handling capabilities.
The training session will begin about 2 p.m. at Carlisle Barracks. It will end by 10 p.m. The purpose is to coordinate both military and civilian law enforcement with hospital, local fire companies and area medical personnel.
Post Road will be closed from 2:30 p.m. until about 4:30 p.m. Wilson Drive near the hospital will be closed at 6 p.m. and will reopen about 8 p.m.
Motorists traveling around the post and the hospital during these times may experience travel delays. People traveling on Carlisle Barracks should avoid the area adjacent to the Education Center at 609 Butler Road.
Participants and observers include Pennsylvania National Guard's 3rd Civil Support Team, state police, Carlisle police, North Middleton police, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol, the state Department of Health and Human Services and several local ambulance and fire companies.