On Monday, the Town of New Canaan alerted its residents that it planned to conduct training exercises for emergency services personnel in the region of Silver Hill Hospital. They sent notice via email to let residents know about the use of simulated gunfire during the exercise as well as possible disruption in area traffic.

Silver Hill Hospital is less than one half-mile from the south west corner of Wilton.

The exercise will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.. According to the letter, the drill has been organized as part of an ongoing effort to train public safety agencies and “valued” community partners.

“This simulated ‘all-hazards’ training will assist public safety personnel to implement and enhance policies and procedures designed to keep the town safe. During the hours of the exercise, you will see numerous emergency vehicles and public safety personnel within the perimeter of Silver Hill Hospital.

We will do our best to maintain through traffic. It is suggested that Valley Road be avoided if possible during the times of the training exercise.”

The letter was signed by Michael Handler, New Canaan’s director of emergency management. He reassured recipients that the exercise was all about safety.

“Additionally, we will be simulating gunfire, but I assure you that no live ammunition is being fired and that the safety of our personnel is our top priority. On behalf of your elected officials, Silver Hill Hospital, Police, Fire, EMS, Schools, CERT, and the Office of Emergency Management, I thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at (203) 594-4101.”