Hazards drill tests teamwork

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command  Soldiers, federal agents and firefighters are confronted with different aspects of crisis management during all hazards training, hosted by the 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC.

Photos by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
Soldiers, federal agents and firefighters are confronted with different aspects of crisis management during all hazards training, hosted by the 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC.

Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Hostage negotiations, chemical attacks and home explosions are the types of unpredictable events that demand instant, collaborated response from all agencies.

That coordinated effort is what Soldiers, federal agents and firefighters teamed up to prepare for during an all hazards exercise, here, Feb. 26-27.

Federal Fire participates in all-hazard training.

Federal Fire “decontaminating” participants, refreshing on a typical day under the Hawaiian sun.

The training, hosted by the 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, tested the integration of different aspects of crisis management within scripted scenarios.

“The exercise really showed us what our strengths and weaknesses are,” said Maj. Sean Dublin, the 8th MP current operations officer. “We were able to bring together Soldiers, civilians and federal employees from a multitude of agencies and learn each other’s talk and procedures.”

Explosive ordnance and chemical teams, federal firefighters, incident command personnel, special law enforcement agencies and military police represented just a few of the organizations involved in testing the interagency response to consequence management incidents.

The exercise ended with the 71st Chemical Company earning full certification to conduct missions against a broad spectrum of contingency operations, and the 728th Military Police Battalion Special Reaction Team continuing its certification for conducting quick response to special threats.

After a refreshing rinse by firefighters, serious decontamination takes place here.

After a refreshing rinse by firefighters, serious decontamination takes place here.

The Directorate of Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, was able to stand up its incident command, which successfully exercised its ability to conduct interagency support.

The success of the exercise was due in large part to the efforts of the Soldiers, civilians and federal employees involved, said Dublin.

Every individual and organization got something out of it and were able to share their particular skills sets with one another.

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