06NOV2013: Emergency response exercises held across Maine


(WGME) – UGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Emergency responders are holding training exercises across Maine to simulate responses to a major winter storm, a bus accident with mass casualties and other emergency situations.

The National Guard and U.S. Northern Command are sponsoring three days of exercises dubbed “Vigilant Guard.” They began Tuesday and run through Thursday.

The focus is on interagency coordination among local, state and regional civilian and military emergency response agencies in case of emergencies and catastrophic events.

Among Wednesday’s exercises are a simulated decontamination drill at Maine Medical Center in Portland and a mass casualty exercise in Jackman.

The National Guard says this is the largest single emergency response exercise that the Guard has ever organized, with more than 3,000 participants from multiple states and agencies.

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