Mall hosting emergency exercise

CNJ Staff

Local emergency responders are conducting an exercise at North Plains Mall this morning to simulate a mass casualty incident, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman.

Westerman said the exercise was sprung on responders this morning to put them through the paces of responding to a large scale incident.

“Everything’s going real well,” he said.

“(We wanted) to catch everybody a little bit off guard so it’s a little bit more realistic.”

The exercise is expected to conclude around 10:30 a.m., Westerman said.

“Everything is simulated, it’s just an exercise,” he said, stressing there is no need for public concern.