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National, local law enforcement conduct security exercise at Fontana Dam

National, Local Law Enforcement Conduct Security Exercise At Fontana Dam

National and local law enforcement conducted a security exercise at Fontana Dam over the weekend. The event continued on Monday, but did not disrupt public areas. Tennessee Valley Authority Police, The National Guard and local law enforcement practiced a coordinated response should an incident happen at the dam along the Graham-Swain county line. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

FONTANA DAM, N.C.

National and local law enforcement conducted a security exercise at Fontana Dam over the weekend. The event continued on Monday, but did not disrupt public areas. Tennessee Valley Authority Police, The National Guard and local law enforcement practiced a coordinated response should an incident happen at the dam along the Graham-Swain county line. The training is designed to maximize preparedness.

I think it’s a good bonding experience so we can call work together and know who is capable of what so we can accomplish the job,” Rick Dudney with the Henderson County Sheriff s Office Bomb Squad said. “Because not just one agency or one team can go in there and handle a job this big.”

Dudney said the hypothetical emergency that was practiced involved the threat of an improvised explosive device (IED) and a possible radiological dispersal device in the power station. He said part of the lesson plan is the coordinated response by local and national law enforcement.

We had to go work it and we did some X-rays and just used some standard practices to see the packages, Dudney explained.

They can learn a lot. It s hands-on training, you know. It’s on the job training, Sonny Moody, who’s visiting from Charleston, S.C., said. Dudney said a drill like this boosts his confidence.

It gives me that feeling that we know what’s going on, and we’re able to handle what may happen and come along in the future, he said.

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