Area police and fire agencies to conduct training exercise at Blackwell Oct. 30

  • Parts of Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville may be temporarily closed on Saturday, Oct. 30, for a training exercise by local first responders.

    Parts of Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville may be temporarily closed on Saturday, Oct. 30, for a training exercise by local first responders. Courtesy of Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

 
 
Posted10/26/2021 12:04 PM

Access may be limited to parts of Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as area police, fire and emergency responders conduct a search-and-rescue training exercise at the preserve.

The exercise will allow rescuers to practice how to respond if a tornado touches down near the forest preserve while visitors are staying at the Blackwell family campground. It will help agencies better prepare for a large-scale emergency response and determine how they can best work together for a safe and successful operation.

 

Blackwell visitors should stay away from the exercise area. Signs will be posted at the preserve with more information on training day.

DuPage Forest Preserve Police will work with Warrenville Fire, Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, Milton Township Community Emergency Response Team, DuPage County Sheriff's police, Superior Ambulance Service, the American Red Cross, and various Forest Preserve District departments.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 6.2 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 166 miles of trails, six education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call (630) 933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the district's e-newsletter, blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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