Pierce County News Release
Nineteen first responder agencies are scheduled to participate in a rescue and security response exercise in the waters around Browns Point on Thursday, June 9. This exercise series, designed to last approximately six hours, includes demonstrations of rescue swimmers hoisting victims into a United States Coast Guard helicopter.
Responders will have the opportunity to practice their skills using personal watercraft and boats in rescues, as well as practice response to a vessel fire simulation. A subsurface dive rescue team will also be included in the response. Marine units will train using different vessels simultaneously during the water rescues.
Participants will start gathering at 7 a.m. at the Browns Point Improvement Club, 201 Ton-A-Wan-Da N.E. in Browns Point, located just north of Tacoma. The drills will begin around 10 a.m. The goals are to evaluate individual agency capabilities, familiarize participating agencies with other agencies’ resources and abilities, and to test their capacity to effectively communicate and work together. This is the fourth year the departments have drilled together.
Participating agencies include Anderson Island Fire Department, Browns Point/Dash Point Fire Department, Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One, Gig Harbor Police Department, Graham Fire and Rescue, Key Peninsula Fire Department, Pierce County Emergency Management, Pierce County Regional Air Support, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, South King Fire and Rescue, Tacoma Fire Department, Tacoma Police Department, United States Army/Joint Base Lewis-McChord, United States Coast Guard, Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, West Pierce Fire Communications, and West Pierce Fire and Rescue.