Fort Polk to hold emergency response exercise - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Fort Polk to hold emergency response exercise

(Source: Fort Polk Public Affiars Office) (Source: Fort Polk Public Affiars Office)
FORT POLK, LA (KPLC) - Fort Polk will hold an emergency response exercise beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday to practice handling an active shooter situation.

"Fort Polk residents, workers and visitors should be aware of a visible increase in traffic control measures, security and movement of emergency responders," said Kimberly Reischling, Media Relations Chief for the Fort Polk Public Affairs Office. "Proper response to emergency vehicle movement should be observed."

The JRTC and Fort Polk Headquarters have been named the "primary incident headquarters." According to Reischling, on- and off-post emergency management and support organizations will participate in "a series of notional and visible actions throughout the day."

Drivers are asked to avoid the JRTC and Fort Polk Headquarters area. No gate closures are expected, but vehicle searches and ID checks may increase coinciding with the exercise.

The Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital is scheduled to take part in the exercise, but patient appointments should not be interrupted.

Representatives from the Installation Management Command headquarters will be on hand to evaluate response time, communication, treatment of injuries and more.

"While first responder organizations are tested in a real-world environment on a smaller scale every day, a full-scale exercise allows potential weaknesses to come to light," said Reischling. "These issues are then addressed internally after the conclusion of the exercise."

Fort Polk must participate in emergency response and anti-terrorism exercises each year to satisfy U.S. Army training requirements.

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