Day One of ‘Operation Swift Response’ Underway, Simulates Hurricane Rescue

Day one of “Operation Swift Response” is underway at Bradley Palmer State Park in Hamilton on Monday.

Operation Swift Response 3Operation Swift Response is a training drill that simulates a full-scale search-and-rescue after a Category 5 hurricane.

The exercise includes the Essex County Technical Rescue Team, as well as other technical rescue teams from eastern Massachusetts, along with members of the National Guard.

It is a two-day training exercise that is scheduled to run until 8 p.m. on Monday and then again from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Bradley Palmer State Park, which sits in Hamilton and Topsfield.

“The overwhelming event will require teams from unaffected parts of the state be brought in by military helicopter,” according to a description of the planned drill. “Patients will be extricated from various environments and evacuated to the base of operations.”


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