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Multi-Agency Active Assailant Exercise Set For Aug. 26 at Cape Fear Valley Health

Aug 22, 2018

Cumberland County Emergency Services, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, City of Fayetteville Fire and Police Departments and Cape Fear Valley Health will be participating in a full-scale active assailant exercise Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at Cape Fear Valley Cancer Treatment and Cyberknife Center, 1638 Owen Drive.

The exercise will not interfere with patient care at the cancer center, which is closed on weekends. However, the cancer center parking lot will be off-limits and will be used by exercise participants only. Additionally, the hospital access road south of Melrose Road will be closed.

Visitors and patients at the hospital will be notified of the exercise before it begins.

North Carolina Emergency Management awarded Cumberland County Emergency Services a grant to conduct a tabletop and a full-scale active assailant exercise. The tabletop exercise was held in 2017.

The exercise will test the “Community Active Shooter Response Plan,” a joint policy between public safety agencies in Fayetteville and Cumberland County. The plan established standardized guidelines for operating at incidents with potential or on-going, active violence.

This is the first drill that will test the newly-developed plan, which includes guidelines for first-arriving units as well as for the incident commander.

“The exercise is a great opportunity for all agencies to practice coordination, communication and collaboration in utilizing the rescue taskforce concept developed from lessons learned from other active shooter events around the nation,” said Gene Booth Cumberland County Emergency Management Coordinator.

According to Fayetteville Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Morgan, Community Risk Reduction Division, the fire department and EMS will focus their efforts primarily on removing injured victims from the immediate hostile environment to an area of safety to be triaged by EMS for transport to the hospital.

“The exercise will not only test our community responders role in responding to an active shooter incident, but it will allow our facility the opportunity to exercise internal response plans to the incident as well,” said James Bullard, Cape Fear Valley Health Emergency Management Coordinator.   

Any media outlets that would like to attend the training should contact Cape Fear Valley Health Public Relations Coordinator Donnie Byers at 910-615-6445 or