SAINT ALBANS, WV – From July 8 – 12, 2022, Applied Training Solutions, LLC (ATS), supported the Region V Homeland Response Force (HRF) Sustainment Year Collective Training Event (SYCTE) exercise from Saint Albans, West Virginia. The exercise provided participants with an opportunity to review response and recovery protocols, plans, and capabilities, as well as the opportunity to realistically assess their overall preparedness in the event of a chemical, biological and/or radiological attack consistent with real world situations in 2022. Orders and requirements from civil authorities to plan a rapid and focused National Guard response were also reviewed. Participants included the Region V HRF and their organic Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Task Force, as well as their Casualty Assistance Support Element (CASE). Part of the training audience also worked out of the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC), in Bulterville, Indiana.
The scenario was based around multiple simulated radiation attacks that rocked the downtown area of Indianapolis, IN. The HRF conducted staff analysis, planning, and execution all while refining operational drills and SOPs during the exercise to improve overall effectiveness of the organization. The team was able to respond and operate in a radiological hazardous environment contaminant with detection, decontamination, and casualty and fatality assistance. The team was task with operating in command and control of all CRE down trace units.
ATS supported the HRF with the development of the overall scenario and the injects, which helped train staff-level officers and non-commissioned officers on potential responses to chemical, biological, and nuclear attacks within FEMA Region V. ATS also provided technical assistance to observers/controllers and to role-players for Higher Control and Lower Control capabilities as well as down-trace units and elements controlled by the HRF.
The outcome of the event was beneficial as it allowed newer staff to become familiarized and better understand their internal processes and expectations when interacting with subordinate units. The HRF and their organic elements are better prepared to respond to natural and/or man-made disasters in the future.
As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercises solutions for local, state and federal agencies to protect communities.
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