City of Presque Isle and Aroostook County EMA partner on Full-Scale Airport / Hazardous Materials Exercise
Aroostook EMA (AKEMA) will be coordinating a full-scale exercise in the area of the Presque Isle Regional Airport on August 15th, 2015. The exercise will bring together responders from across Aroostook County.
Jesse Belanger, Deputy Director and Exercise Coordinator with Aroostook County EMA explained, “The focus of the exercise is an Airplane crash. However, the response involves many response tasks, from Law Enforcement to regional Emergency Medical Service coordination, to Hazardous Materials rescue and response.”
Aroostook EMA and the City of Presque Isle would like to advise citizens of the increased traffic of emergency vehicles in and around Airport Drive and Missile Street on the morning of August 15th, and advises that the public steer clear of this exercise area for safety reasons.
This exercise will help train and test the readiness of a large number of departments and teams throughout Aroostook County. Participating agencies include:
• American Red Cross
• Aroostook County ARES/RACES
• Aroostook County Community Organizations Active in Disaster
• Aroostook County Emergency Management
• Aroostook County Incident Management Assistance Team
• Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department
• Aroostook County Decon Strike Team 1
• Aroostook County Decon Strike Team 2
• Aroostook County HazMat Regional Response Team
• Cary Medical Center
• City of Caribou Fire and Ambulance Department
• City of Presque Isle
• City of Presque Isle Emergency Management
• City of Presque Isle Fire Department
• City of Presque Isle Police Department
• City of Presque Isle Regional Airport
• Crown Ambulance
• Maine Department of Environmental Protection
• Maine Region 5 EMS
• National Weather Service, Caribou
• The Aroostook Medical Center
• US DHS, US Border Patrol
• US DOT, Federal Aviation Administration
• US DOT, Transport Security Administration
Aroostook County coordinates a number of exercises throughout the year, with at least one large full-scale exercise annually. This full-scale training exercise will allow numerous departments to practice their readiness and skills in a real life scenario, and provide a basis to make necessary improvements.
For more information on this exercise or current public safety information, you can go to the Aroostook County Emergency Management Website at www.aroostookema.com, or like our Facebook page.