Disaster drill set for Saturday in Union

Posted Feb. 21, 2014, at 6:06 p.m.

UNION, Maine — The Union Fire/EMS and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office will be the lead agencies Saturday responding to a simulated aircraft crash that will occur in a remote hillside location off the Sennebec Road.

This rescue exercise will test the ability of area emergency responders to work with private-sector response partners to travel to the site, conduct rescue operations, and then return victims to a responder staging area, Knox County Emergency Management Director Ray Sisk said in a news release issued Friday.

Fire departments from Appleton, Warren, Washington and Hope will join Union in the exercise. Private-sector responders will include members of the Bog Brigade Snowmobile Club from Warren; The Hill and Gully Club of Washington; the Appleton Trail Makers of Appleton; and the Hatchet Mountain Snowmobile Club from Hope. Members of the Maine Warden Service, Maine Forest Service and Maine National Guard also will play supporting roles.

Saturday’s exercise will be the first which tests the capabilities of a multi-agency and multi-club coordinated response to a complex incident scenario, Sisk said.

Responders involved with the exercise will stage and work from the Union Masonic Hall on the Sennebec Road. The over-snow response follows existing snowmobile trails approximately 1.5 miles to the simulated crash site.

Motorists in the area are asked to be alert for responders and response equipment which may be operating on or near the Sennebec Road between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

 

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