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Police/Fire to Hold Exercise at GMU Saturday Afternoon

The mock incident was planned before the Sandy Hook school shooting, according to police.

About 100 police officers and firefighters and 20 volunteer victims plan to gather at George Mason University today for a training exercise. Expect some action, as GMU police say the event will draw numerous emergency vehicles and perhaps even the Fairfax County Police Department helicopter.

City of Fairfax Fire and Police departments will participate in the exercise, which runs from 4-5 p.m. at the Patriot Center, said GMU Interim Chief Drew Tracy.

“It’s important that these exercises look and feel real,” Tracy said. “We need to test our skills and responses so that we can be ready to work as a team when necessary.”

Area law enforcement and rescue personnel hold these events throughout the year to practice for real-life, large-scale incidents. This one was planned before the Sandy Hook shooting, Tracy said.

Click here to see photos from a mock shooting exercise at the old Westmore school site in June 2011.

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