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(Greenwich Twp., NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Helene M. Reed announced today that the County's Office of Emergency Management will conduct a training exercise in conjunction with Greenwich Township and Valero this Saturday, October 15th from 8 am to 12 noon in and around the Valero facility.

"This training drill will be a county-wide effort and draw approximately 250 participants," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. "County Emergency Management, local law enforcement, fire departments and EMS, along with Valero will conduct this full scale test of all aspects of emergency response during this drill."

Sweeney said, "Our first responders train throughout the year for a number of circumstances and they are constantly learning new techniques and technology. Their drills and exercises would benefit the entire region in a time of crisis."

Freeholder Helene Reed, liaison to the County's Office of Emergency Management, said that this full-scale test of emergency response will include a test of the voice/siren emergency warning system in Greenwich and limited access to some roadways.

"We don't want residents to be frightened when they hear the emergency warning system activated on Saturday," said Freeholder Reed. "And although it is a test of the system, it will be good for residents know what the sirens sound like when activated. This township-wide exercise will be based around Valero, but there will be some impact on the community and we ask that they are helpful and cooperative so that our first-responders get the most out of the drill," said Reed.

During the drill there will be limited access on Billingsport Road from Broad to Delaware from about 8:30 am to 10:30 am. The exercise should be concluded by 12 noon. A test of the emergency warning system will also take place on Saturday, October 15th sometime between 8:30 and noon.