A week’s worth of emergency training exercises will start today at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Sirens may be sounded as part of the training, according to a press release from the base. Wright-Patt employees and area residents may also hear voices over a loudspeaker and see emergency response vehicles.
Travel on and near the base may be impacted by the exercises, including traffic congestion at base gates and on some roads that may be blocked, according to Wright-Patt.
During the training, base personnel will “be called upon to respond to a variety of emergency scenarios,” according to Wright-Patt. Included in the training will be a search and recovery exercise and force protection condition changes, according to the base.
Base inspectors, wearing bright-yellow reflective vests, will evaluate the response to the exercise events throughout the week.
The training is part of a set of quarterly exercises performed to meet annual Air Force requirements, according to Wright-Patt.
As it conducts this week’s drills, the base will try to avoid the chaos that ensued last August when a couple of training exercises went awry.
The incident resulted in a military service member discharging multiple rounds of ammunition from an assault rifle. The “poorly planned and executed” base exercises caused a chaotic response to the August false alarm, according to a report about the incident released in December.
An uncoordinated response from law enforcement in August could have resulted in “serious injury and property damage” and terrified staff and civilians in a hospital filled with “fog and friction,” the report stated.
Active shooter false alarms are not uncommon on military installations. But, a Dayton Daily News investigation found that few others unfolded like the one at Wright-Patt did.
The confusion in August stemmed from two exercises, including an active shooter drill taking place at the Kitty Hawk Chapel and a mass casualty exercise the 88th Medical Group held at the Wright-Patt Medical Treatment Facility, according to the report.
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