Traffic to slow on John Nolen for training drill

First responders to assess skills in multi-agency exercise
Traffic to slow on John Nolen for training drill

Emergency responders plan to assess response skills and train in a multi-agency drill Monday afternoon, organizers said. Due to the nearly four-hour exercise taking place near the Monona Terrace and Olin Park, traffic will be affected and public access to some areas will be restricted, organizers said.

The City of Madison and Dane County Metropolitan Medical Response System plans to conduct a training operation at Monona Terrace on John Nolen Drive from noon to 3:30 p.m., according to a news release.

Madison Fire Department Spokesman Eric Dahl said the drills will mean increased emergency response vehicle traffic throughout the exercise areas. He said eastbound John Nolen Drive will be reduced to one lane in the area in front of Monona Terrace for responder safety. Public parking and the bike trail at Monona Terrace will remain open during the drills, Dahl said.

According to a statement, the medical response exercise was inspired by recent mass-casualty events in the Unite States.

Members of the Madison Police Department, Madison Fire Department and Dane County Emergency Medical Service agencies will participate in the training. Participants will evaluate effective coordination and deployment of resources and response, Dahl said.

Electronic signs will be posted around the Monona Terrace on John Nolen Drive.