DEARBORN (WWJ) – It is only an exercise, but these experiences could some day save lives. The City of Dearborn held its annual emergency preparedness exercise on the University of Michigan Dearborn campus on Tuesday.

Dearborn Police Office of Emergency Management Captain Brad Smith said public safety responded to a bomb blast in one of the buildings on campus.

“We have to exercise annually and we just want to make sure everyone is safe,” said Smith. “Our police and fire know how to work with the public safety officers here on campus, as well as with the hospitals.”

University of Michigan-Dearborn Vice Chancellor Stanley E. Henderson sent emails to students and staff last week alerting them of the campus emergency exercises. Dozens of student volunteers helped perform the roles of the victims in the drills on campus.

Smith said it’s all about knowing what to do before a real emergency happens.

“We have evaluators throughout and we’ll be in an evaluation process and we’re actually entering this on the homeland security exercise and evaluation plan,” said Smith.

Oakwood Healthcare and the Dearborn Fire Department participated in the training exercises.


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