Training Exercise At Hidden Valley Pool Saturday

Posted On July 21, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

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(Hidden Valley, Ind.) – Don’t be alarmed when local police, fire, EMS, and other emergency responders descend upon the Hidden Valley Lake Pool on Saturday, July 22.

It’s only a test. Well, training actually.

The Dearborn County Emergency Management Agency and the Dearborn County Local Emergency Planning Commission have organized a full scale exercise simulating a chlorine spill at the pool.

First responders will meet at Bright Fire Station #2 on State Line Road for a briefing at 8:00 a.m. before heading to the pool.

A notice from the Dearborn County EMA says a full scale exercise is the most complex type of training exercise.

“FSEs are multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, multi-organizational exercises that validate many facets of preparedness,” the EMA notice states.

“They focus on implementing and analyzing the plans, policies, procedures, and cooperative agreements developed in discussion-based exercises and honed in previous, smaller, operations-based exercises. In FSEs, the reality of operations in multiple functional areas presents complex and realistic problems that require critical thinking, rapid problem solving, and effective responses by trained personnel. During FSEs, events are projected through a scripted exercise scenario with built-in flexibility to allow updates to drive activity. FSEs are conducted in real time, creating a stressful, time-constrained environment that closely mirrors real events. The level of support needed to conduct an FSE is greater than that needed during other types of exercises.”