LLIS Lesson Learned: Incident Site Safety: Cross-Training SWAT and HazMat Personnel Prior to Joint Missions   [open pdf - 46KB]

From the Summary: "Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and Hazardous Materials (HazMat) teams should undertake training in joint operations and cross-training to engender a better understanding of each other's respective needs." From the Description: "The US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and Joint Forces Command co-sponsored the Ardent Sentry exercise from May 7 to 18, 2007, in the US and Canada. Ardent Sentry consisted of five exercise components: the National Guard full-scale exercise (FSE) Vigilant Guard, the Northern Edge FSE in Canada, the Hoosier Sentry combined functional and full-scale exercise in Indiana, the Alaska Shield combined functional and full scale exercise in Alaska, and the HURREX tabletop exercise in Rhode Island. The main goal of Ardent Sentry was to demonstrate multiagency, multi-jurisdictional unity of effort in support of a civilian-led response to a national crisis. Ardent Sentry simulated a Category 3 hurricane making landfall in New England, a nuclear detonation in Indiana, and several terrorist attacks on critical infrastructure in Alaska and waters along the western US -- Canadian border. Ardent Sentry required the coordination of over 3,000 federal, state, and local responders and more than 2,000 active duty personnel."

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