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Training Exercise in Centreville June 11
CENTREVILLE – If you see a huge number of police and emergency services personnel in downtown Centreville on June 11, rest assured that all is well. First responders from the local to the federal level will be practicing how all of the various agencies would work together should there ever be a large scale emergency.
The live exercise that Saturday begins at 8:30 a.m. and will wrap up by 1 p.m. It will be held at Goodwill Fire Department and the Liberty Building. This training exercise is being conducted by Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services, Fire & EMS Commission, the Sheriff’s Office, and Centreville Police Department.
QAC Assistant Chief of Emergency Services, Scott H. Wheatley said, “I feel as though anytime the Department as a whole can plan, train, and prepare for real emergency situations, it becomes easier in those crucial times when every day emergencies or catastrophic weather events occur. The citizens place their trust within Emergency Services in their time of need. We have to be 100 percent proficient in every call, response, mitigation, planning, and action we perform.”
There will not be any road closures; however, police may need to hold traffic briefly on Broadway a few times that day to allow participants to gain access to the Liberty Building.
Sheriff Gary Hofmann said, “It is important that we consistently and actively stay prepared for events that could unfortunately occur within our own community. Training and preparation along with the proper tools are the best crime prevention technique we can initiate. This coupled with partnerships from all first responders provide the best scenario-based training, to better serve our community.”