Mock Terrorism Exercise to be Held at Little League International
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Federal, state, and local agencies will take part in an exercise on June 7 at Little League Baseball International to test the readiness of emergency responders in the event of a terrorist attack, it was announced today by Little League.
The scenario involves a mock terrorism attack during a Little League Baseball World Series game at Little League Volunteer Stadium – one of two stadiums in which the annual tournament is played each August. Scores of volunteers have already been identified to act as World Series fans who become “victims,” to be treated at the scene. Other volunteers will walk in to local and regional hospitals, feigning injury, to help personnel in those facilities train in responding to mass casualty emergencies.
Dozens of agencies will be involved, including the FBI, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Lycoming County Department of Public Safety, Susquehanna Health System, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, South Williamsport Police, 12 hospitals, and other local law enforcement, emergency management and fire departments in the seven counties of the North Central Counter Terrorism Task Force.
“Little League is pleased to be able to offer its facilities for this important drill,” said Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball. “Our country has found through painful experience that nobody is immune to terrorism, and that includes international events like the Little League Baseball World Series. We are looking forward to doing our part in making sure the men and women charged with our protection remain well prepared.”
As part of the exercise, the mock attack also will emulate an affect on an aspect of the infrastructure of the Lycoming County area. Exercise officials will not discuss the characteristics of the mock attack, they say, in an effort to add realism to the drill.
Little League International facilities have been used for similar exercises, but this will be the largest.
“Little League’s facilities are perfect for this type of drill,” said Gary S. Hutchinson, director of the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety. “This exercise will help us train our emergency responders for a variety of disasters, whether they are natural or man-made.”
The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum will be open on June 7 during its regular hours, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., but the rest of the complex will be closed to the general public.