Bassett Medical Center Drill

By WKTV News

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.(WKTV) If you see an inordinate amount of emergency vehicles around Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown on Saturday morning, officials want residents to know there's no cause for alarm, as it's only a drill.

Bassett Medical Center is hosting a large-scale emergency preparedness exercise on Saturday, October 13 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The training exercise will involve Bassett Medical Center, Village of Cooperstown Police, Otsego County Sheriff's Office, New York State Police, Cooperstown Fire Department, EMS and Otsego County Emergency Preparedness.

During these hours, traffic may be temporarily detoured around Beaver Street, Fair Street and parts of Pioneer Street in the Village of Cooperstown. However, people living in homes along Beaver, Fair and Pioneer Streets will be able to come and go as necessary.

The hospital conducts emergency exercises throughout the year to assure that they are prepared for the eventuality of a crisis. The exercise, because they are partnering with first responders, is more involved than previous drills and may necessitate the brief closures.

As part of this drill, residents may see more than the usual number of emergency vehicles arriving or departing from various parts of the hospital campus.

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