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Emergency trainings this week culminate in full scale Search & Rescue exercise Friday

April 9, 2019 – News

The City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Programs Division is hosting a multi-day disaster response training and exercise series this week. Parts of the full scale Search and Rescue exercise on Friday, April 12 are taking place at the former public safety building on Whittier Street in Downtown Juneau and in the wetlands at the end of Industrial Boulevard. These activities will be very visible to the public. Please be aware that these are not actual emergencies. If possible, please limit traffic on the wetlands from 7 a.m. to noon on April 12.

More than a hundred people, as well as Search and Rescue dog teams, are participating in the trainings and exercise. They include over 30 National Guard members from Washington State; Search and Rescue teams, fire crews, and EMS from around Alaska; as well as local first responders.

Participants will take part in Wide Area Search training and Structural Collapse & Building Stabilization training. The trainings culminate in a full scale Search and Rescue exercise on Friday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Again, portions of the exercise will be taking place at the former public safety building on Whittier Street in Downtown Juneau and in the wetlands at the end of Industrial Boulevard that day. Be aware that these are not actual emergencies.

For more information, contact Emergency Program Manager Tom Mattice at 586-0419 or Tom.Mattice@juneau.org.