Coast Guard, local first responders to conduct maritime security exercises in Cleveland, Erie

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND — U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, the Cleveland Division of Police and other public safety personnel are scheduled to conduct a simulated anti-terrorism exercise at MSU Cleveland Wednesday in conjunction with the larger bi-national Frontier Sentinel Exercise, which is taking place Sept. 20-Oct. 5, 2011.

A simultaneous exercise will be conducted by the U.S. Border Patrol-Erie Station, Pennsylvania State Police, and City of Erie Police Bomb Squad at the Border Patrol-Erie Station in Fairview, Pa.

This Area Maritime Security Training and Exercise Program drill is part of a series of full-scale exercises happening around the country.

The Coast Guard recognizes that providing maritime security in the Great Lakes region requires close coordination of area responders. The scenario involved in this drill will challenge participants to make difficult decisions, carry out essential functions and maintain a common operating picture during a homeland security incident. Interagency coordination and communication will play key roles in the exercise’s success, as well as enhance readiness for future incidents.

There is no cause for public alarm due to any increased activity from law enforcement and emergency response personnel in and around the exercise area.

The exercise is not open to the public.

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