MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Madison police have released new details of an emergency training exercise planned for Thursday morning.
UW police, along with more than 20 local and federal law enforcement and fire agencies, will hold a response event to a mock bomb explosion at Camp Randall Stadium. More than 600 people will participate in what authorities say is the largest and most comprehensive training exercise to be conducted in Wisconsin.
UW Police Chief Sue Riseling says the fake explosion will be in the concourse of Camp Randall, outside the main bowl of the stadium and involving Camp Randall Park, The Shell and the eastern side of the stadium. Monroe Street between Regent Street and Randall Avenue will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the safety of participants and the public. UW Credit Union on Monroe Street will also be closed for business for participation in the exercise. The bank will reopen at 3 p.m. for foot traffic only.
You can expect to hear a mock explosion around 7 a.m. Thursday along with sirens and other emergency vehicles until at least 10 a.m. Officials will be on scene until around 5 p.m.
Riseling says there will not be an actual bomb explosion. Police are using bombs that have already been detonated by the FBI at Fort McCoy. The explosion will be re-enacted in Camp Randall in real time. Calls for help will be sent out and departments will respond as they would in an emergency to make it as realistic as possible.
Crews will take the incident from the initial report all the way through the investigation with local and federal authorities, which Riseling says is very rare in these types of training scenarios. Riseling says it's important to conduct exercises like these to be prepared for anything.
"The world continues to change and for us we have to be ready," Riseling says. "We've got the largest stadium in our state. We do a lot of events at Camp Randall besides football games and its important to us to know what our capabilities are and then to test that."
Riseling says the stadium crush in 1993 was as close as authorities have ever come to responding to a situation like what will be staged Thursday. 69 people were taken by ambulance when seating collapsed in the stadium.
The cost of the exercise has not yet been calculated, but police made use of federal and state grants, along with volunteer time to keep costs down. Riseling says the cost will be worth it to be prepared.
MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Madison police are holding a press conference to discuss an emergency training exercise planned for Thursday morning.
UW police, along with other local law enforcement and fire agencies, will hold a response event to a mock explosion at Camp Randall Stadium. Monroe Street between Regent Street and Randall Avenue will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the safety of participants and the public.
Tonight on 27 News at 5 & 6, we'll hear from police about what to expect from this exercise and the need for emergency preparedness.
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