Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Wright-Patt employees to undergo week of emergency training starting today

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.

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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.

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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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