Dozens of organizations participate in full-scale antiterrorism exercise at Training Center Cape May

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May News
CAPE MAY, N.J. – Several dozen law enforcement, emergency management and military organizations participated in the first full-scale, antiterrorism exercise aboard a Coast Guard training center Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The Coast Guard partnered with more than a dozen local, state, and federal law enforcement and emergency management agencies to test their response to a simulated suicide bomber attacking the facility injuring dozens of recruits and staff. More than 41,000 people visit Coast Guard Training Center Cape May each year. Federal, state and local law enforcement and EMS officials wanted to ensure the community could respond in the event of terrorist attack at the facility.

Members of the Cape May County Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Emergency Task Force (in silver) and Coast Guard firefighters (in brown) from Training Center Cape May, N.J., participate in a full-scale antiterrorism/force protection at the training center April 28, 2014. Numerous law enforcement, EMS and military personnel are participating in the two-day exercise aimed at improving the community’s response to a terrorist attack. (Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska)

Members of the Cape May County Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Emergency Task Force (in silver) and Coast Guard firefighters (in brown) from Training Center Cape May, N.J., participate in a full-scale antiterrorism/force protection at the training center April 28, 2014. (Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska)

Numerous military, law enforcement and EMS personnel participated in the exercise, which encompassed much of Training Center Cape May and several blocks in the neighborhoods adjacent to the facility.

Exercise participants responded to a simulated attack on the dining area at Training Center Cape May, which sits about 200 recruits per meal. The training center also exercised gaining rapid personnel accountability, establishing a call center for concerned loved ones, and making simulated next of kin notifications for those injured or killed.

Photos of the event are available by clicking the above photo

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