Barrow officials forewarn that Tuesday test is exactly that — a test

WINDER -- Barrow County officials are forewarning residents that the fire engines, law enforcement vehicles and ambulances dotting pockets of the county en masse on Tuesday morning will be part of a test -- and no cause for alarm.

Barrow County's Local Emergency Planning Committee wants residents to know there is no need to worry. The training will last roughly three hours, beginning at 9 a.m.

Penny Clack, Emergency Management Coordinator with Barrow County Emergency Services, said the annual training is required.

"We want citizens to know they may see action in the area," Clack said. "However, it shouldn't affect any traffic flow in the county."

Details of the training and specific scenarios are being kept under wraps, but officials did shed light on the general area to be affected: Bankhead Highway as well as the Ga. Highway 11 and Ga. Highway 53 intersection, said department spokesman Lt. Scott Dakin.

The training drills will involve several public safety organizations, as well as businesses that have volunteered to participate.

"We want to thank those that are participating for stepping up to help better prepare Barrow County in the event of disaster," said Clack. "It'll be very valuable training for all of us involved."