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KEESLER MEDICAL CENTER ALL CLEAR AFTER SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE

Release Number: 020221

Members of the Keesler Fire Department respond to a suspicious package found at the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 11, 2021. Members of the Keesler Fire Department, 81st Security Forces Squadron, 81st Medical Group and Emergency Management responded to the incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the Keesler Fire Department respond to a suspicious package found at the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 11, 2021. Members of the Keesler Fire Department, 81st Security Forces Squadron, 81st Medical Group and Emergency Management responded to the incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the Keesler Fire Department respond to a suspicious package found at the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 11, 2021. Members of the Keesler Fire Department, 81st Security Forces Squadron, 81st Medical Group and Emergency Management responded to the incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the Keesler Fire Department respond to a suspicious package found at the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 11, 2021. Members of the Keesler Fire Department, 81st Security Forces Squadron, 81st Medical Group and Emergency Management responded to the incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the Keesler Fire Department respond to a suspicious package found at the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 11, 2021. Members of the Keesler Fire Department, 81st Security Forces Squadron, 81st Medical Group and Emergency Management responded to the incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the Keesler Fire Department respond to a suspicious package found at the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 11, 2021. Members of the Keesler Fire Department, 81st Security Forces Squadron, 81st Medical Group and Emergency Management responded to the incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Chief James Donnett, 81st Civil Engineering Squadron fire chief, discusses the action plan with emergency response team members outside the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 11, 2021. Members of the Keesler Fire Department, 81st Security Forces Squadron, 81st Medical Group and Emergency Management responded to a suspicious package found inside the Keesler Medical Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Chief James Donnett, 81st Civil Engineering Squadron fire chief, discusses the action plan with emergency response team members outside the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 11, 2021. Members of the Keesler Fire Department, 81st Security Forces Squadron, 81st Medical Group and Emergency Management responded to a suspicious package found inside the Keesler Medical Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Emergency response team members walk through a decontamination line outside the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 11, 2021. Members of the Keesler Fire Department, 81st Security Forces Squadron, 81st Medical Group and Emergency Management responded to a suspicious package found inside the Keesler Medical Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Emergency response team members walk through a decontamination line outside the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 11, 2021. Members of the Keesler Fire Department, 81st Security Forces Squadron, 81st Medical Group and Emergency Management responded to a suspicious package found inside the Keesler Medical Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Justin Vandyken, 81st Civil Engineer Squadron assistant fire chief, coordinates with emergency response team members outside the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 11, 2021. Members of the Keesler Fire Department, 81st Security Forces Squadron, 81st Medical Group and Emergency Management responded to a suspicious package found inside the Keesler Medical Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Justin Vandyken, 81st Civil Engineer Squadron assistant fire chief, coordinates with emergency response team members outside the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 11, 2021. Members of the Keesler Fire Department, 81st Security Forces Squadron, 81st Medical Group and Emergency Management responded to a suspicious package found inside the Keesler Medical Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)


A suspicious package was found inside the Keesler Medical Center at approximately 11:15 a.m.

First responders evacuated the area where the package was found and made the scene safe in response to the incident. 

“Our first responders were well equipped to handle this situation and worked diligently to ensure the safety of everyone on Keesler AFB and our communities,” Col. Heather Blackwell, 81st Training Wing commander said. “The incident site is under control and poses no danger at this time.  I am very proud of their rapid and professional response.”

The package tested negative for hazardous material and the scene has been handed over to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations for further investigating. The Keesler Medical Center and the surrounding area has returned back to normal operations.

Base officials are advising any personnel who utilize the base post office that if they receive any suspicious mail to place the mail in a plastic bag and call 911 immediately.

“As soon as the incident occurred, our first responders implemented the emergency procedures we trained for,” Col. Ryan Crowley, 81st Training Wing Mission Support Group commander said. “We train and conduct exercises regularly in order to be as safe and prepared as possible. While the event was unexpected, our training for this type of scenario supports our capability to respond effectively and efficiently.”   

 


 

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