Faulkner Hospital to be scene of training exercise this weekend

November 1, 2012
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JAMAICA HILLS—Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital will be one site in this weekend’s “Urban Shield: Boston” emergency training exercise. It will host realistic simulations of hazardous materials decontaminations, treatment of victims and other activities that may look real to residents. There will be no actual danger to the public, according to the City of Boston.

The state and City of Boston training exercise will run from 8 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 3 to 8 a.m. on Sun., Nov 4. The goal is to train police, emergency response units and hospitals to handle multiple disasters or other events creating mass casualties. Some locations may have simulated gunfire and SWAT teams in action.

Faulkner Hospital at 1153 Centre St. is one of eight hospitals around the city that will be involved. Other locations include Boston Harbor, the University of Massachusetts Boston, the Bowdoin T Station, the former B2 police station in Roxbury and the former Circle Cinemas on the Boston/Brookline border.

The training is funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Urban Area Security Initiative.