Seymour Johnson Air Force Base airmen will work with local first responders during an active shooter drill today in an effort to prepare for potential real-world disturbances.
Airmen will conduct an exercise with Wayne County Emergency Medical Services and Wayne UNC Health Care to test the 4th Fighter Wing’s response to incidents in real time, said Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolley, public affairs specialist for Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
The exercise will tests the airmen’s ability to notify personnel on and off base of incidents in real time, Crolley said.
Senior Airman Ken Boyton said Wayne County EMS is providing two to four ambulances that will transport simulated critical and non-critical casualties to Wayne UNC Health Care. He said the exercise will stress test the hospital’s capability to receive patients during emergencies.
People living on base may experience traffic delays and will see an increased presence of armed security forces during the exercise, Crolley said. Boyton said people can expect minor congestion around the Berkeley Boulevard entrance to the base, which could extend along Berkeley Boulevard. He said the base’s security forces are equipped to deal with the traffic.
The exercise is slated to start sometime between noon and 2 p.m., Boyton said.