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Increased traffic for United Front 2017

Author: Indiana Guardsman/Tuesday, April 25, 2017/Categories: Press Release

INDIANAPOLIS – From May 6 through 12, local, state and federal first-responder organizations will conduct United Front 2017, a disaster-response, training exercise at the site of the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza.


White Lodging made the venue available for the large, full-scale training exercise prior to completing full demolition of the site, which is now underway. The training operation will simulate a collapsed building from a tornado.


The purpose of the training is to increase unit readiness, response capabilities, and interoperability with international, governmental and nongovernmental organizations.


Local businesses and the general public can expect to see an increase of traffic on Interstate 65, U.S. 30, and Broadway Street as approximately 350 training participants contribute to the typical traffic throughout Merrillville and Crown Point. The public should also expect to see a high number of military and emergency response vehicles in the area, particularly near the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza.


The focus of this year’s exercise is to build partnership capacity between participants through this multi-organizational event. The exercise will bring high-level training to local first responders, particularly the Indiana District 1 Urban Search and Rescue/Technical Rescue Team. It is an opportunity for members of the military and local responders to share best practices for critical tactics, techniques and procedures in response to natural disasters.


Exercise participants include:

             Merrillville Fire and Police Departments

             Crown Point Fire Rescue

             Indiana District 1 Task Force

             Lake County Emergency Management Agency

             District 1 Hospital Emergency Planning Committee

             Northwest Indiana Information Sharing Security Alliance

             United States Marine Corps Chemical Biological Incident Response Force

             Indiana Task Force 1

             Indiana National Guard

             Ohio National Guard

             Illinois National Guard

             Chicago Emergency Management


For questions, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 317-247-3300 ext.73222.



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