Disaster drill Saturday morning at Federal

A large-scale emergency drill will be taking place on the ATK Federal Cartridge campus in Anoka Saturday, June 23.

ATK Federal Cartridge in Anoka will open its campus to Anoka County fire, law enforcement and first responder departments for a large-scale emergency drill Saturday, June 23. Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad will also be involved. Federal Cartridge last hosted a disaster drill in August 2010.

ATK Federal Cartridge in Anoka will open its campus to Anoka County fire, law enforcement and first responder departments for a large-scale emergency drill Saturday, June 23. Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad will also be involved. Federal Cartridge last hosted a disaster drill in August 2010.File photo by Eric Hagen

The purpose of this drill is to set up as realistic of a disaster as possible so that emergency crews are better prepared to handle similar emergencies that actually happen.

In this instance, the approximately 350 controllers, evaluators, role players and responders will be immersed into a freight train and commuter train collision situation, according to a press release from Anoka Police Chief Philip Johanson.

The emergency response drill is scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. to noon June 23. A team of various Anoka County emergency response agencies and Burlington-Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad personnel have worked with staff at Federal Cartridge over the past 18 months to determine the scenario and location on the campus.

Personnel from Anoka County fire, law enforcement and first responder agencies will be involved.

Federal Cartridge hosted a disaster drill for these emergency responders and BNSF in 2010.

“Planning for this special training event has again been a great collaboration among several agencies and companies,” Johanson said.

“We’ve put a lot of effort into making sure this drill will be a realistic and valuable training tool for all our staff.”

The Anoka-Champlin Fire Department, Coon Rapids Fire Department, Anoka Police Department, Coon Rapids Police Department and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office are hosting the drill.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com


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