Weekend Emergency Simulation Set to Test Boston Area First Responders

Boston-11/232012- Urban Shield training exercises were held throughout the City of Boston including the Bowdoin Street T station in Government Center, where three Boston firefighters were suited up into hazmat suits as they walk to a trolly car at the station to inspect a suspicious bio-hazard device. Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki (metro)
Urban Shield training exercises were held throughout the City of Boston in 2012, as well.
John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe

First responders from Boston and the surrounding area will be conducting exercises this weekend that simulate public safety emergencies but pose no threat to the public.

A press release from the office of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said 2,000 personnel will participate in the training that runs from Saturday at 8 a.m. to Sunday at 8 a.m. The exercises, called Urban Shield: Boston, will include an “active shooter” in Brookline, an “explosive device” in the transit system, and a “hostage rescue” in Boston, and eight other simulated incidents.

“As we saw last year during the Boston Marathon attacks, our first responders are well trained to handle any situation,” Walsh said in the release. “Urban Shield: Boston is a unique training exercise that enables our first responders to work collaboratively in a simulated environment so they can operate effectively in real-world scenarios.”

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The release reiterated that people in the area may see emergency personnel responding to the simulated emergencies, but that there is no cause for alarm and “no danger to anyone in the area.”