Franklin Co. is seeking volunteers for large-scale terrorist training exercises

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The Franklin County Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack Program is seeking approximately 800 volunteers to assist with a training exercise next month.

The exercise is part of the program’s preparedness to train first responders on how to protect residents from possible terrorist attacks.

According to a press release, neither the emergency services nor the volunteers know what the scenario will look like by the day of the exercise. However, most of the volunteers will play victims or witnesses to the terrorist event.

Selected volunteers are encouraged to wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and should be prepared to put on makeup or get dirty if they are injured.

The exercise, which will take place both indoors and outdoors, could include bomb explosions, screams, and the use of fake blood and injuries, among other things.

Volunteers with access and function needs are strongly encouraged to apply. All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or older.

The exercise, which the press release says may be the largest exercise in the state, is scheduled for Saturday, August 28, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Snacks, water and access to the toilet are provided.

Registration closes on July 26th. For more information or to fill out a volunteer form, click here.