Town Seeks Actors for Emergency Response Exercise on July 29th
Want to hone your acting skills while helping emergency responders in Wilmington? You can do both by volunteering for Vermont’s Vigilant Guard catastrophic exercise on July 29th.
Vigilant Guard will help prepare emergency responders in Vermont for future disasters. Two-years has gone into the planning of the statewide exercise that will include 4,000 people and evaluate the effectiveness of state and local responses to a number of crises.
The public can help with the training by volunteering to be “actors” during the exercise here in Wilmington. About 36 people are needed to spend a day at a shelter, have simulated injuries or illnesses, and other roles. The Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security, in collaboration with the Vermont National Guard and the Town of Wilmington, is conducting Vigilant Guard 2016 to evaluate the ability of our first responders to ply their trade and work together during a large emergency event.
Volunteers will be given a role to play and instructed on what needs they should present to responders. They will then play out the scenario in order for evaluators to record how fire, police, rescue, and other responders react. Those observations will then be used to identify gaps and improve responses. Before the event, actors will be given a complete orientation to the incident site and what actions are expected of them. Food will be provided.
Six volunteers are needed from 8:00 am to 10:30 am and 30 volunteers from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Actors must be 18 or over with the following exceptions: 16-17 year-olds may participate with parents’ permission. Younger children can participate if part of a “family” at a shelter.
If you are interested in volunteering, you should contact Jessica DeFrancesco at the Town Offices at email@example.com or 802-464-8591.