Live training exercise planned in Macomb County

By: Julie Snyder | C&G Newspapers | Published October 9, 2017

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — Emergency personnel throughout Macomb County are participating in a live mass casualty training exercise in Washington Township from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, along with local fire departments and EMS providers from around the county, will be involved in the training exercise, which was organized with the assistance from the Macomb County Medical Control Authority.

The exercise will take place in the area of 26 Mile Road and Jewell Road, and is expected to overflow onto the Van Dyke Avenue and 26 Mile Road area.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said in a press release that commuters around the area or witnesses to this exercise should not be alarmed. He explained that there will be police vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, and other emergency equipment and many uniformed first responders. Citizens are being asked not to call 911, loiter in the area, or attempt to interfere with the exercise as it will only hinder this planned training.

“In light of the recent Las Vegas shooting, we are continuously training and preparing for the worst in order to keep our citizens safe,” Wickersham said in the release. “This training exercise is one of many that we attend and conduct on a regular basis. We hope the day of mass casualty never arrives in our communities, however, if it does we stay readied and prepared to the best of our abilities.”