News in Cortland NY

Emergency Response Drill

Dear Neighbor:

The Cortland Fire Department, the Cortland Police Department, and other local emergency response groups will be conducting a drill in your neighborhood in the near future, and we want you to know about it first.

In order to remain effective in dealing with potentially life threatening situations, both departments train on a regular basis. When an opportunity arises that allows us to train along with other agencies, we take advantage of the occasion. The opportunity has risen that will allow a number of key emergency services agencies to work together in a simulated disaster.

While a large part of the upcoming drill needs to remain a secret for training value purposes, we can share with you that the drill will occur on June 3, 2006. Watch for notices in the Cortland Standard and on local radio stations as the date gets closer.

We would like to assure you that no harmful agents will be used, and that we will keep all traffic restrictions and disruptions to the neighborhood to a minimum. Please be aware, though, that some noise and extra vehicle traffic may be unavoidable. We will pretend to evacuate the neighborhood; however, you do not need to leave. This will not require relocation of any residents.

If you would like to participate in the drill (you would have a choice of a limited role such as just answering the door and reciting a scripted message to the police officer or any extensive role such as going to a shelter to act out the role of an evacuee), please call MJ Uttech, Cortland County Health Department, at 753-5139 no later than April 28.

We would be glad to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact the Fire Chief’s office at 756-5613 or the Police Chief’s office at 753-3001.

We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during our training sessions.

Dennis M. Baron, Fire Chief

James Nichols, Police Chief