Dozens of organizations prepare for full-scale antiterrorism exercise

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May News
CAPE MAY, N.J. – Several dozen law enforcement, emergency management and military organizations are preparing for the first full-scale, antiterrorism exercise aboard a Coast Guard training center Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

The Coast Guard has 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 and injuring dozens of recruits and staff. More than 41,000 people visit Coast Guard Training Center Cape May each year, and federal, state and local law enforcement and EMS officials want to ensure the community is ready to respond in the event of terrorist attack at the facility.

Numerous military, law enforcement and EMS personnel will be participating in the exercise and will encompass much of Training Center Cape May and several blocks in the neighborhoods adjacent to the facility. Residents may see numerous police and EMS vehicles staged for the exercise in area neighborhoods.

The exercise players including victims, police and EMS personnel will respond as if this were an actual attack. The recruit dining area on Training Center Cape May, which sits about 200 recruits per meal, will be filled with recruits and staff. Residents may hear yells from simulated victims or emergency announcements over the base’s loud speakers about the exercise.

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