RALEIGH -- Hanging Rock State Park will be the setting for a mock search-and-rescue training exercise March 7-9, involving more than 100 emergency personnel, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
The 48-hour exercise will be coordinated by the N.C. Division of Emergency Management and local emergency management officials, and will involve teams of searchers, support equipment and vehicles, an incident command center and fixed-wing aircraft. Visitors will likely encounter search teams and support facilities on trails and at the lake area, where the command center will be located. All visitor facilities such as picnic areas, trails and campsites will remain open.
“Search-and-rescue training has often been held at Hanging Rock State Park in the past because the park is a good venue for emergency workers to get a true-to-life search experience,” said Park Superintendent Robin Kalish. “The park’s neighbors and visitors will almost certainly notice all the activity, but visits to the park should not be affected by this important exercise.”
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