WENHAM – Chief Thomas Perkins reports that the Wenham Police Department hosted a table top exercise this week that simulated the public safety response to a critical incident in town.
Along with partners from the Wenham Fire Department and Hamilton Police and Fire, the Wenham Police Department participated in the table top exercise that simulated a large scale incident. The training took place at Massachusetts Task Force One’s headquarters in Beverly.
During the day-long exercise on Tuesday, Sept. 10, first responders from the two communities worked alongside representatives from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and MassDOT. They also learned about allocating resources and drawing upon state and federal capabilities when responding to major incidents.
“While these types of skills are ones we hope to never have to use in a real-world scenario, it’s absolutely essential that our officers be prepared to handle an emergency of all types,” Chief Perkins said. “I want to thank Bob Breaker for his efforts to secure the grant that made this day of training possible, as well as everyone who participated in the event.”
The training, which was provided by emergency exercise design firm Ascenttra, was funded through a grant from the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council.