Wright-Patt exercise could bring closed gates, blocked roads

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Wright-Patt exercise could bring closed gates, blocked roads

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Little disruption during Wright-Patt base exercises

Wright-Patterson employees may face closed gates and blocked roads, temporarily at least, during base exercises beginning today.

The exercise, expected to mean tighter security measures, will test the military installation’s emergency response to different scenarios between today and Friday, officials said.

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Temporarily closed entrance and exit gates and blocked roadways could cause traffic congestion, Wright-Patterson officials said.

Scenarios during the exercise might simulate an active shooter scenario or a person having a medical emergency, such as a heart attack, said Wright-Patterson spokesman Brian Brackens.

“Real world events happen very quickly,” he said in an email Friday. “An active shooter situation could happen without warning, which is why our exercises have elements of surprise. We want to show how people react to situations with little warning or time to prepare.”

People who live near the more than 8,100-acre base may hear the “Giant Voice” intercom system, and see and hear more emergency response vehicles with sirens activated, base officials said.

Wright-Patterson, the state’s largest single site employer with more than 27,500 employees, has quarterly exercises.

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