A training drill Wednesday will put several agencies in the Tennessee River.   

The Homeland Security Training Exercise, which is near Ross’ Landing, between the Olgiati Bridge and the Veterans Bridge and will last most of the day, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

The "Port Security Exercise," will consist of both a table top and practical "LIVE" event centered around an "unknown" danger threatening the security and safety of the riverfront.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says the emphasis of the training is gaining command and control of the situation and location, locating and neutralizing the threat to the port security, assessing the general security and testing the capabilities of the agencies responding.

Several agencies will be participating including numerous local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and several local fire and EMS agencies.

  • Hamilton County Sheriff's Office
  • Chattanooga Police Department
  • Chattanooga Fire Department
  • Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
  • Hamilton County Emergency Management
  • Hamilton County Park Rangers
  • Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services
  • Knox County Sheriff's Office
  • Hamilton County S.T.A.R.S.
  • Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency
  • TN Valley Authority
  • TN Highway Patrol
  • United States Coast Guard

The HCSO and the agencies involved reminds residents that this is a “training exercise” and not an actual emergency.

Authorities will be treating this scenario as a real, authentic event, to get the most beneficial training experience.

No roads or specific portions of the Tennessee River will be closed, but the exercise will require the closing of the main Riverpark Boat Ramp at 4301 Amnicola Highway beginning the night of Tuesday, June 21st through 9:00pm Wednesday, June 22nd.

If this were a real event, depending on the nature and/or the extent of the threat, the river, surrounding area roads, boat ramps, businesses, among other areas, could be closed and some portions of the area could be evacuated.