The University of Maine at Farmington, in partnership with area emergency responders and associate facilities, is sponsoring a Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program training event on Friday, Aug. 8, on the UMF campus. This training exercise will provide a simulated, low-risk emergency scenario to help prepare first responders, University personnel and the community to work together in case of a real-life emergency.
This exercise is the first, full-scale, HSEEP training event of its kind in Maine. It is the culmination of 18 months of pre-planning during which the University sponsored two smaller training events, including a table-top and functional exercise.
Prior to the event, on Thursday, Aug. 7, law enforcement, emergency medical services and fire protection services vehicles and resources will be staged near the campus in preparation for the next day’s exercise.
On Aug. 8, the day of the event, members of the public can expect to see numerous emergency vehicles and hear noises similar to fireworks for a brief time. Volunteers will serve as actors with simulated injuries. They will be transported to the area hospital participating in the exercise.
In addition, the public may encounter road closures around the campus as local law enforcement personnel control scene access to ensure the safety of participants and the public.
This exercise is being conducted by UMF with the assistance of the Maine Emergency Management Agency, Franklin County Emergency Management Agency and other emergency response personnel.
Additional information on the exercise and road closures will be available closer to the event. For more information, please call the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency at 207-778-5892.