Large-scale public safety simulations to take place throughout Boston this weekend

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Emergency responders will be holding training exercises this weekend that simulate large-scale public safety incidents, such as an active shooter and the discovery of an explosive device.

The training will be held from 8 a.m. Saturday through 8 a.m. Sunday as part of the Urban Shield: Boston program. Exercises will take place in Brookline, Boston, and Cambridge.

Nearly 2,000 responders will participate in 11 different safety scenarios based on past real-life events, including a hostage situation involving elected officials, an active shooter, an injured officer, a parking lot collapse, and explosive device found in the transit system.

“As we saw last year during the Boston Marathon attacks, our first responders are well trained to handle any situation,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Urban Shield: Boston is a unique training exercise that enables our first responders to work collaboratively in a simulated environment so they can operate effectively in real-world scenarios.”