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Security exercise at SR 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge

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Date:  Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Contact: Lisa Copeland, Region Communications Manager, 360-357-2789

TACOMA – A catastrophic scenario unfolds Wednesday at the Tacoma Narrows bridges, putting emergency responders to the test. But in the end, it will be just that – a test.

Both bridges will remain open during the planned multi-agency training exercise, but travelers should be prepared for visual distractions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, as the teams converge on the westbound bridge to practice response techniques during a crisis.

“Training and simulation exercises are vital to emergency preparedness,” said John Himmel, WSDOT Emergency Manager. “Fortunately, we’ve not had any major security incidents at the Narrows bridges. These training exercises provide firsthand, real-time experience, and valuable lessons that help ensure we are ready to respond if we ever need to.”

The emergency response exercise is hosted by the United States Department of Homeland Security and will involve first responders from the Washington State Patrol, the Tacoma police and fire departments and the Washington State Department of Transportation.

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