Urban Shield 2015 Trains with Simulated Exercises in Bay Area
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 | Comments

Urban search and rescue (USAR), hazardous materials and maritime/water rescue teams from fire departments across the West Coast will participate Sept. 9 – 14 in simulated exercises as part of Urban Shield 2015. The theme of this year’s exercise is “Honor the Past, Train for the Future” and is held in conjunction with the observance of 9/11 Patriot Day.

The comprehensive training is hosted by the Alameda County (California) Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) and involves local, state, regional, national and international first responder agencies. The San Jose Fire Department (SJFD) is the host agency for “red area command” or “fire branch” component of this year’s Urban Shield training event and will facilitate USAR, hazardous materials and maritime/water rescue scenarios at multiple locations throughout the city of San Jose and on the San Francisco Bay Sept. 12 – 13.

The largest tactical exercise in the nation, Urban Shield is comprised of a total of 58 scenarios that will take place in five counties throughout the Bay Area. The training exercise also includes law enforcement officers, tactical teams, EMS personnel and technology personnel from throughout the world. Urban Shield also comprises 36 special weapons and tactics (SWAT) teams rotating through multiple scenarios for 48 hours. More than 500 officers are expected to participate in these exercises.

The annual Urban Shield exercise is primarily grant funded by the Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI). The overarching goals of Urban Shield include striving for the capability to present a multilayered training exercise to enhance the skills and abilities of regional first responders, as well as those responsible for coordinating and managing large scale events. The event provides a platform for national and international first responders, as well as the private sector, to work efficiently and effectively together when critical incidents occur.

Mutualink’s technology will be used for secure real-time collaboration and advanced situational awareness in two SWAT team scenarios, an electric substation use case in which the ability for SWAT teams to collaborate with electric companies is crucial and a bus terrorist situation, which will use a robot to detect objects under the bus.

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