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Fort Rucker, surrounding agencies hold emergency exercise

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
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DALE CO., AL, (WSFA) -

If you experienced some delays Wednesday morning at the gate of Fort Rucker, it was because the installation was participating in an exercise to make sure they are ready in the case of an emergency. 

"We exercise these things on a yearly bases to make sure we are prepared in the event of a bad event happening," said Col. Stewart McCrae, Ft. Rucker Garrison Commander.

Wednesday, Fort Rucker conducted its annual Antiterrorism and Force Protection Full-Scale Exercise. During the simulation, a bomb (simulation) went off in the barracks causing mass casualties that required a quick response from emergency officials.

"This is really a test, not only to show how we all work together for incident command, but how our security and fire folks work when it relates to them," said McCrae. "We can see where there are any friction points, not between people but on processes, and what we can do better."

This exercise not only involved emergency personnel from Fort Rucker, but it first responders from federal, state, and neighboring communities.

"It's an all team effort and everyone is in. We make the effort to work together and it works here," said McCrae.

"We can measure how our officers respond," said Chief Harvey Mathis of the Daleville Police Department. "It's all about protecting the citizens, and we don't draw boundaries or lines with us or Ft. Rucker. If either need help, we are there for them."

While the actual exercise maybe over, this is just the beginning of process to identify areas of improvement. 

"This will span the next few weeks as we go through and we have all the different organizations," said McCrae. "Everybody will have the opportunity to give us feedback."

So with this exercise in the books,  everyone on and off the military base will continue to work to remain prepared for the unexpected. 

The last time a full scale exercise like this happened was in 2012. Due to sequestration last year an exercise was not conducted. 

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