The Santa Monica Pier undergoes another closure this week, but this time it’s not due to any emergency. It is actually a training exercise designed to test the capabilities of first responders in handling high-risk situations involving multiple agencies.
The exercise, led by the Santa Monica Police Department and firefighters, began at 6 a.m. and will last until noon. During this time, the pier is closed to the public. To make the drill as realistic as possible, “simunitions” and smoke are utilized to create an authentic experience.
With the assistance of volunteer actors from the community, the training aims to enhance the preparedness of personnel in the event of an actual active threat. The police emphasize that signs have been placed in the area to inform passersby that the events are part of a drill.
It is essential to note that this training exercise was scheduled in May and is not a response to the incident that occurred on Monday. During that incident, a man carrying a backpack climbed the pier’s Ferris wheel, alleging the presence of an explosive device. However, the situation was successfully resolved, and no bomb was found.
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