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ATS supports Region II NY HRF Exercise

Last month, members of Applied Training Solutions, LLC provided exercise control during the Region II New York Homeland Response Force Sustainment Year Collective Training Event, April 15-18.

In support of the Risk Mitigation Modeling and Simulation contract, ATS provides exercise support to various FEMA regions to conduct and train on emergency management exercises, such as this HRF EXEVAL.

This exercise simulated the scenario of a 10 kiloton (kT) detonation in FEMA Region II, which includes New York, New Jersey, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Territory of the Virgin Islands.

The simulation reaction took place over several days, giving participants an opportunity to demonstrate response and recovery protocols, plans, and capabilities.

Using ATSsim as the primary exercise tool the NY HRF was able to conduct staff analysis, planning, and execution while refining their operational procedures and improve their overall effectiveness.

Exercises and training events like this allow the HRF to realistically assess their overall preparedness In the event of a real-world Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear attack. The response force would receive, review, and react to orders from civil authorities to plan a rapid and focused National Guard response to ensure the mitigation of human suffering and loss of life.

Overall, the NY HRF, their CBRN Task Force, Casualty Assistance Support Element, Joint Task Force Vermont, and 15 additional CBRN units were involved within the simulated and coordinated response to the detonation and its aftermath.

ATS members played a key role during this exercise ensuring they planned and coordinated the simulated exercise injects, as well as assisting with the training of the staff level officers and non-commissioned officers. ATS assisted all levels of staff during the exercise in varying capacities, providing subject matter expertise while creating a successful training exercise event.

The ATS team remained focused and flexible during the event, even with key personnel changes. Overall, the exercise was considered a success, allowing for simulated decontamination as well as simulated casualty and fatality assistance.

As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercise solutions for local, state, and federal agencies to protect communities. Preparation for disasters helps reduce panic and possible loss of life. Utilizing simulation helps these units prepare for managing multiple units during a real-life event.

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