Wildland search-and-rescue and wildfire evacuation drills in the vicinity of Huddart Park and the Phleger Estate in Woodside, west of Canada Road and north of Kings Mountain Road, start at midnight Friday, Aug. 11.
The drill is set to end around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and will involve about 11 public agencies, said Lt. William Fogarty of the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services.
“This drill is to exercise core capabilities of multiple Public Safety disciplines and Emergency Services Bureau units from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office,” Lt. Fogarty said in an email.
The drills will not require the closing of any roads, but an alert at noon from the Office of Emergency Services advised drivers to use caution and be on the lookout for emergency personnel.
The drills will include activities associated with public emergencies such as location mapping, unified command structure and agency-to-agency interactions, he said.
Since it is a search-and-rescue drill, there will be simulated victims, he said. The emergency alert also mentioned a large-animal evacuation exercise.
“There will be no residents impacted by this event as it will be held in County or National Park Service land,” Lt. Fogarty said. “There will be noise and lights inside the park (but) not impacting residents.”
The drill will have about 100 participating public employees. The agencies involved include: the county Parks Department, the Woodside Fire Protection District, the California Department of Forestry and Fire, the National Park Service, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, three search-and-rescue agencies, the Office of Emergency Services and the Coastside…
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