Marines work with ENC first responders on training exercise

HAVELOCK, N.C. (WITN) – A military base in the East conducted training Tuesday with area first response crews.

Cherry Point conducted a full-scale sudden crisis training exercise from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on base.

For the Marine Corps, readiness is an ever-evolving concept.

“You’re on-call all the time, 24/7, in case a suspicious package or military ammunition is found either on-base or in the local area,” GySgt. Andrew Cooper, explosive ordnance disposal technician said.

Cooper says robots allow troops to properly disarm any possible explosive or chemical threat without putting a troop member’s life at risk.

Lt. Brett Shaul, exercise incident commander, said they actually had a real-life situation a few years ago that required the help of state and local emergency crews.

“I’m glad they helped out and this is what we look forward to,” Shaul said. “Maintain that good camaraderie and that relationship with these outlined departments.”

It is a camaraderie that officials and base command both say is essential in protection and service.

“You have to see it with your eyes, the relationships that I’ve seen with our local community partners have never been stronger,” Col. Brendan Burks, Cherry Point commanding officer said.

Cherry Point Fire Chief Josh Boudreau says they want to make sure they develop relationships in order to have close ties with mutual aid partners from state and area agencies.

Shaul, the exercise incident commander, said close to seven or eight agencies participated in the response training and that each Marine Corps police platoon holds a joint training in the hopes of building familiarity with state and local response crews.

The waterways re-opened to the public after the exercise.

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