VIDEO: United States Coast Guard Practices Emergency Drills

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CAPE MAY - The United States Coast Guard held emergency drill exercises today on their Cape May base.
Local fire departments, police officers, and other government officials came together as a team to practice what to do in case an emergency situation happens on base.
“Today we exercised our ability to work with our partners and respond to a hazardous material spill that started in our gymnasium," said John Edwards, Public Affairs Officer, Chief Warrant Officer. "And then it went from there to an evolution of an active shooter on board, to a hostage situation.”
Training Recruits from the United States Coast Guard Training Center acted as the victims during these drills. The participants went through every step of the emergency situations, from locating the actors around the gymnasium, getting them out of the building, and then taking the appropriate measures to treat their injuries.
“We do this now so we don’t have the same mistakes or have the mistakes when something does happen, if and when something does happen,” said Chris Walters, Fire Chief of Training Center, Cape May, United States Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard utilized their partnership with the Cape May fire departments and ambulances to help with the simulated hazmat and shooting injuries. They used pop-up decontamination and medical facility areas. The different groups were able to work together to strengthen as a team through every stage.
“We got a lot of good things out of here, we’ve got some things we need to work on, but then, other than that, it’s been a success,” said Walters.
Federal Law requires the Coast Guard to run these drills every two years, to continue strengthening communication with the various responders in the area, in case an emergency ever arises.

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