Emergency training exercise on campus Thursday

Underhill Arena

Bates College is partnering with the Androscoggin Unified Emergency Management Agency, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Central Maine Medical Center and Lewiston city services, including the fire and police departments, in an emergency training exercise at the College’s Underhill Arena from 7 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 20.

The training exercise scenario will be based on a mock ammonia release. Underhill, which houses a skating rink, stores approximately 700 pounds of ammonia for use in making ice.

Underhill and sections of the adjacent parking lot will be closed during the exercise. Merrill Gym and the track will still be available for use.

The exercise will provide training in responses of fire, police, Cobra Team (a combined HazMat and evidence collection team), Lewiston Public Works, the 911 Communications Center and Bates. It will be the first large-scale field exercise ever conducted by the city of Lewiston.

Other participating facilities include Russell Park Manor, D’Youville Pavilion and United Ambulance. A training consultant company, Life Safety Specialists, will facilitate the exercise.

This training will allow Bates’ Security and Campus Safety office to test the outdoor emergency notification speakers located around campus. A brief test message will be sent through the speakers during the exercise.

No roads will be closed and no businesses will be affected by the exercise, but the public can expect to see 75 to 100 public safety personnel working around Underhill Arena, some in hazardous materials suits.

Funding for the event was provided through a federal Homeland Security Grant.

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