HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - An Emergency Servic

es Training Drill involving several first responder agencies will be held at Duke Farms Sept. 26th between 4:30-9 p.m.

John Sheridan, director of the township's Office of Emergency Management said there will be several emergency vehicles present at the property and emphasized it is only a training exercise.

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The drill is the first of its kind to be held within the township. The premise of the exercise is a search for a missing child on the property of Duke Farms, which encompasses 2,700 acres along Route 206.

Previously, an emergency services drill conducted in the Sourlands for a lost hiker in the fall of 2015.

Agencies taking part in the drill include the Hillsborough Township Police Department, Hillsborough Township Office of Emergency Management, Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Departments, Hillsborough Township CERT, RWJ-EMS, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Dive Team and Somerset County Search and Rescue.

“Training such as this is necessary so our emergency responders can work with the various agencies in the event that an actual response were to be necessary,” Mayor Gloria McCauley explained during Tuesday’s Township Committee meeting.  

Only participants of the the exercise will be permitted on the Dukes property during the exercise.   The orientation center is closed on Wednesdays.