First responders from across Kansas are in Salina for a special training event this Wednesday and Thursday.
According to the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department, more than 230 people will be involved a two-day, large-scale training exercise at Crisis City on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Exercise participants will respond to a simulated, widespread disaster involving a number of the Crisis City training venues.
First responders, emergency managers and other members of the public safety professions have been invited to observe the exercise and tour the Crisis City training venues.
Crisis City is a multidiscipline training facility near Salina operated by the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. The facility’s training areas are designed to give law enforcement, fire departments, emergency medical personnel, military and other first responders practical, hands-on training tailored to their professional needs.
Crisis City training venues include a simulated rail disaster, collapsed building, high angle rescue tower, pipeline isolation and repair, active shooter building, K-9 agility course, urban village and the Crisis City operations building, which includes classroom space and an observation deck that gives trainers and evaluators an overview of all the training areas.
Participants at the event this week include members of the South Central Incident Management Team, Southwest Incident Management Team, Kansas Task Force 5, Kansas Highway Patrol, state Search and Teams and Community Emergency Response Teams. Personnel from the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, Kansas State Fire Marshall’s Office, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Salina Fire Department, University of Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute and other local and state agencies will operate the simulation cell that provides exercise injects, conduct exercise evaluations, serve as safety officers and fulfill other support functions.