PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A full scale exercise will be held at Riggs High School next Wednesday, July 24. According to a release from the Pierre Police Department and Pierre School District, the exercise will be focused around a predesigned critical incident at the school. It will involve several different public safety agencies from the Pierre Police Department to area Sheriff’s Offices, the Highway Patrol, FBI, Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Marshal’s Office. Also participating will be Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, American Medical Response Ambulance the Pierre Fire Department and other agencies. The public is being advised that they may hear police and ambulance radio traffic discussing the so-called emergency at the school and on property around the high school. People may also see ambulances and medical teams on school property “treating” people with mock traumatic injuries. The volunteers with the pretend injuries will be role playing as part of the drill. The Hughes/Stanley County Emergency Manager organizes a full scale exercise each year to give emergency personnel a chance to evaluate their proficiency in certain areas and their response level. The drills also give several agencies a chance to practice coordinating a multiple agency response to a critical incident. Next Wednesday’s exercise at Riggs will take place from 10:00 a.m. to about 2:00 p.m.
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