MCLB conducts base wide safety demonstrations

MCLB conducts base wide safety demonstrations
MCLB installation-wide full base exercise
Steven Dancer, MCLB Emergency Manager helps the base prepare for whatever emergencies come their way. (Source: WALB)
Steven Dancer, MCLB Emergency Manager helps the base prepare for whatever emergencies come their way. (Source: WALB)
Demonstration in process at MCLB (Source: WALB)
Demonstration in process at MCLB (Source: WALB)
MCLB full- scale base exercise (Source: WALB)
MCLB full- scale base exercise (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - MCLB Albany conducted two days of full-scale disaster preparedness drills on Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25.

All different types of scenarios were played out in order for the base to properly respond. Everything from bomb threats to storms, the goal is to be better prepared during times of emergency.

During this "Black Swan' exercise the base went on complete lockdown and the gates were closed.

Steven Dancer, MCLB Emergency Manager, said these exercises help the base be better prepared.

"Exercises like this help bring awareness to them, that they will have to execute their emergency actions, or immediate actions, to whatever is there. Whether it is running away from an active shooter, or hiding from an active shooter, or in this case evacuating the building. It saves lives, knowing what they have to do."

These drills can include a bomb threat, or a natural disaster.

The training helps bring the Marines and the civilians on base react to a case of a real emergency- testing first responders and their element of surprise.

No one knows what scenario will unfold.

Dancer said, "If we didn't do this training and we lost a half of a dozen employees, maybe someone who is specifically trained in one skill set, that could impact our mission at the installation, and even our security of the United States overall."

During a disaster, the base can't do this alone.  Albany Police and Fire Departments, Dougherty County EMS, and Georgia Search and Rescue Crews were all on site, transporting patients from the base to Phoebe Putney.

Dancer said "We are not an island out here, we are not alone. We rely on local community when it comes to a large incident to support us while we are going through it."

Dancer believes the yearly training helped the base during the January 2017 tornado to better respond to the community.

"Because of our training we were able to stand up so quickly, and from there help us better get back on our feet. If it wasn't for the training, it would have been disastrous."

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