Letterkenny hosts disaster drill near Chambersburg

Written by Jim Hook, Public Opinion Online | Apr 9, 2015 9:44 AM
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Local, state and federal responders participated Wednesday in a disaster training drill at Letterkenny Army Depot outside Chambersburg.

(Chambersburg) -- Scanners were hopping Wednesday with chatter about fatalities and people exposed to a chemical agent.

Letterkenny Army Depot conducted its annual required training exercise that coordinates local, state and federal agencies. The drill, named Patriot Shield, included an active shooter and chemical release.

The media was excluded from observing the ant-terrorism drill, much of which took place behind the fence at Letterkenny.

Participating were Chambersburg Hospital, Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Maryland, and Wilson College, where "patients" were triaged. Chambersburg Fire Department, Pleasant Hall Fire Co., Southcentral Task Force and Letterkenny military police also played roles. The regular staff of the county 911 center handled communications for the drill.

Letterkenny, the county's largest employer, works on the Patriot missile system and other projects for the military.

Jim Hook can be reached at 717-262-4759.

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