EMA holds ‘mass casualty’ drill at Narragansett Beach

Narragansett beach

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — Narragansett town beach was filled with people Wednesday morning, but not just those looking to enjoy the nice weather.  

Starting at 8:30 a.m., emergency officials trained for a worst-case scenario through what they are calling a “mass casualty” drill. 

The Narragansett Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) conducted the large-scale drill, which they say was intended to test the readiness and capability of local and state emergency responders and agencies in the event of an active shooter situation.

Nicknamed “Operation Red Tide,” the drill ran for approximately two hours and involved dozens of volunteers acting as victims.

Parts of the beach were closed to the public while the drill is conducted.

NEMA has been planning the exercise for more than a year, though its proximity to last week’s school shooting in Texas underscores its importance.

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