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Columbus VA Holds Response Exercise


September 21, 2022

Columbus , OH — The Columbus VA will conduct a hazardous materials spill and evacuation training event on Fri., Sept. 23, 2022, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center on James Road. This is just an exercise. It is not a response to an actual threat.

The exercise will bring additional police and fire department activity and an increased sound of sirens in the immediate area. The public may also experience an exercise-related “lock down” of access control points at the Columbus VA and temporary closure of nearby roadways.

“Knowing what to do in an emergency is critical. Preparation is one of the most important safety measures to ensure readiness in the unlikely event an incident occurs,” said William Robinson, Columbus VA chief of police services. “This includes regular emergency response exercises.”

Conducted jointly with the Columbus VA and Whitehall police departments and the Whitehall fire department, the exercise is a realistic fire and police training response to hazardous material spill. The focus of this exercise is on improving staff coordination, validating post incident management planning, and emergency response management operations.

For more information contact the Columbus VA public affairs office at 614-812-8100.

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