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Posted on: January 5, 2016

Hall County first responders to participate in search and rescue exercise

Representatives from several of Hall County’s public safety agencies will be participating in a search and rescue exercise on Saturday, Jan. 9 in the area of Don Carter State Park.

“This will be an opportunity for Hall County’s first responders to practice and hone their skills in a simulated environment,” said David Kimbrell, director of Hall County’s Emergency Management Agency. “Exercises like this one make our public safety personnel better prepared to handle an actual catastrophic event if one were to occur in our area.”

The exercise is being coordinated by the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the United States Air Force, and will include an air and ground search for a simulated airplane crash.

Authorities warn residents in the area where the exercise is taking place to be aware that it is only an exercise and that no real threat exists. Low flying planes and several emergency vehicles may be seen in the area.

Anyone with additional questions is urged to contact Lt. Jack Marty, Group 2 Public Affairs Officer with the Civil Air Patrol, at 770-580-5716.

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