By Shari Ireton, Snohomish County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will conduct an incident response exercise at the Big Four Ice Caves on Saturday, June 8, 2019.
Access to the Ice Caves’ west and east parking lots will be limited and/or restricted from the afternoon of Friday, June 7th, through 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 8th.
Visitors in the area may see and hear a large response of first responder vehicles and aircraft.
The exercise will take place at the Ice Caves between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm on Saturday; and will include participants from USFS, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, five Snohomish County Fire agencies, Snohomish County Fire Technical Rescue Team, Airlift Northwest, and Sno911.
There will be several aircraft in the area for the exercise; including SnoHAWK10, SnoHAWK1, and Airlift 6, from Airlift Northwest.
The main goal of the exercise is to coordinate and rehearse a multi-agency response to injuries and/or fatalities at the Big Four Ice Caves while maintaining the safety of responding personnel for both air and ground operations with limited communications.
Benefits to all participating agencies and volunteers include better preparedness and coordination during emergency events or critical incidents in the area.