Nineteen first responder agencies will gather at Browns Point today to practice rescues in the water.
The exercise series should last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is the fourth year the departments have practiced the drills together.
Participants will demonstrate hoisting victims into a helicopter and using boats for rescues. A subsurface dive rescue team will also join.
The exercise is intended to familiarize agencies with one another’s resources and learn how to better communicate in emergencies.
Agencies participating in the drills include Anderson Island Fire, Browns Point/Dash Point Fire, Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One, Gig Harbor police, Graham Fire and Rescue, Key Peninsula Fire, Pierce County Emergency Management, Pierce County Regional Air Support, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, South King Fire and Rescue, Tacoma Fire, Tacoma police, United States Army/Joint Base Lewis-McChord, United States Coast Guard, state Department of Ecology, state Fish and Wildlife, West Pierce Fire Communications and West Pierce Fire and Rescue.