Volk Field hosting hundreds of emergency responders, soldiers for exercise

Training runs through Thursday

VOLK FIELD, Wis. (WKBT) - A disaster response training exercise is drawing both military and civilian emergency responders from across the country to our area.

Starting Tuesday, the Volk Field Air National Guard Base is hosting more than 900 people in the annual 'PATRIOT North 17' training exercise. Through the exercise, National Guard members are able to prepare for catastrophic events alongside other civilian, military and federal agencies.

Exercise supervisors say participants will be able to learn what each agency is capable of during an emergency.

"So to prepare for that, everybody here is working on their idea of what right would look like, so to determine what that is you continue to practice,” said PATRIOT Exercise Director Lieutenant Colonel Roger Brooks.

Simulated emergencies will include collapsed buildings, mass casualties, and search and rescue operations.

The 'PATRIOT North 17 'exercise runs through Thursday.

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