UPDATE:

Please be advised, due to unforeseen circumstances, the exercise has been cancelled, said Darren R. Woods, Director of Aroostook County Emergency Management & Fire Chief for North Lakes Fire & Rescue

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Aroostook Emergency Management Agency will be conducting a full-scale exercise in the area of the University of Maine at Fort Kent August 24th.

The exercise will bring together responders from all over the County. The Aroostook EMA, UMFK, Northern Maine Medical Center and the Town of Fort Kent advising citizens of the increased traffic of emergency vehicles in and around the college and the hospital on the morning of August 24th, and warns the public to steer clear of the exercise area for safety reasons.

John Gibson, Deputy Director and Exercise Coordinator with Aroostook County EMA, says the focus of the training exercise is a disgruntled individual who is causing havoc. He adds, the response involves many response tasks.

This exercise will help train and test the readiness of a large number of departments and teams throughout Aroostook County.  Participating agencies include:

  • Ambulance Service Inc.
  • American Red Cross
  • Aroostook County Emergency Management
  • Aroostook County Incident Management Assistance Team
  • Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department
  • Aroostook County Decon Strike Team 1
  • Aroostook County Decon Strike Team 2
  • Aroostook County HazMat Regional Response Team
  • Fort Kent Emergency Management Agency
  • Fort Kent Fire Department
  • Fort Kent Police Department
  • Maine Department of Environmental Protection
  • Maine Emergency Management Agency
  • Maine Region 5 EMS
  • Northern Maine Medical Center

For more information on this exercise or current public safety information, you can go to the Aroostook County Emergency Management Website at www.aroostookema.com, or like their Facebook page.