Northwestern and local first responders will collaborate in a comprehensive, three-day emergency response exercise August 21-23 in the Technological Institute on the Evanston campus. Planning with the Evanston Fire Department and Northwestern’s Department of Safety and Security began several weeks ago.
The fourth-annual simulation’s primary goal is to enhance safety preparedness and to identify how all involved plan to respond to potential lab events involving hazardous materials. While none of the actors will be transported to local hospitals as part of the drills, the training will involve simulated injuries and the virtual release of hazardous materials.
“These annual exercises are important to Northwestern and our surrounding communities and provide an opportunity to strengthen and renew our teamwork, while developing new skills, protocols, and communications techniques to prepare for potential challenges during an actual emergency,” says Michael Blayney, executive director of Research Safety. “This end of summer event has become an important way to prepare for the coming academic year — it’s now a shared Northwestern and Evanston Fire Department tradition.”
Participants will include almost every member of the Evanston Fire Department (more than 100 individuals), the Northshore Regional Hazardous Materials Team (MABAS Division 3), and Northwestern’s Dispatch Center and Police.