County EMA Partners with Madawaska in Multi-Incident Exercise Series
The Aroostook EMA, in conjunction with the Town of
Madawaska, will be conducting a large, Full Scale public safety exercise
in Madawaska, Maine.
On Saturday, August 20th, numerous agencies will come together to participate in the 2016 Madawaska Multiple Incident Full Scale Exercise.
The public can expect to see an influx of public safety traffic in and around Madawaska on the morning of August 20th. The public is kindly asked to keep from the exercise locations for their safety and to ensure the first responders are able to complete the exercise objectives. The locations involved in this weekend’s exercise include the Madawaska Public Safety Complex, the Madawaska Middle/High School, and the Evergreen Trading facility in St. David, Maine.
The objectives of this exercise include evaluating municipal emergency
response, school planning, regional public safety coordination, law
enforcement active shooter response, and hazardous materials response.
The exercise series has been conducted in several parts including two
Tabletop discussion-based exercises prior to August’s large Full Scale
exercise. In coordination with these early exercises, two Active Shooter
training sessions were provided to Law Enforcement agencies throughout
Aroostook County. Additionally, participating agencies are coordinating
a Recovery focused exercise for some time in September.
“This scenario is much larger in scale than exercises we’ve conducted in
previous years. Many moving pieces from multiple public safety
agencies will be involved on the day of the full scale exercise,” said
Deputy Director Jesse Belanger of Aroostook County EMA. “Testing
our Incident Command systems and working together on a regional level
will be center stage during these exercises.”