Terrorism attack training planned

Local first-responders plan to take over Cajun Field on Wednesday for simulated terrorist attack training.

The Lafayette Fire Department announced the training event Tuesday to make the public and passersby aware that what they will be seeing at the stadium between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday will not be a real emergency, spokesman Alton Trahan said.

“We don’t want anybody to be scared and think something real is going on,” Trahan said.

The Louisiana National Guard’s 62nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team will provide support during the training for the Fire Department’s hazardous materials team, Trahan said.

The National Guard team includes 22 soldiers and airmen who are “specially trained and equipped to identify unknown hazards, assess the consequences and assist with obtaining further support,” according to a news release.

Trahan said the haz-mat team conducts emergency response simulation training annually.

The training session will continue all day, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.