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October 18, 2011 > Urban Shield training event

Urban Shield training event

Submitted By Aisha Knowles

The Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) was the lead agency coordinating the Fire Branch component of this year's Urban Shield training event, facilitating Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and hazardous materials scenarios at the ACFD Training Tower (890 Lola Street, San Leandro) Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16. Two additional fire-based training scenarios at locations in Santa Clara County and the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Training Tower were also coordinated by the ACFD.

The largest tactical exercise in the nation, Urban Shield was comprised of 32 scenarios throughout the Bay Area. In addition to fire-based search and rescue and hazardous materials scenarios in San Leandro, the Urban Shield training exercise included law enforcement officers, tactical teams, emergency medical services personnel and technology personnel from throughout the world

Agencies participating included:

Alameda County Fire Department USAR and Hazardous Materials Teams
Oakland Fire Department USAR and Hazardous Materials Teams
San Jose Fire Department USAR Team
Monterey County Fire Department USAR Team
Marin County Task Force-1 USAR Team
Marin County JPA Hazardous Materials Team
Santa Clara City Fire Department USAR and Hazardous Materials Teams
Richmond Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team
Palo Alto Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team
Santa Clara County Fire Department USAR and Hazardous Materials Teams
Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team
Sac Metro Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team
Mountain View Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team
South San Francisco Fire Department USAR Team
Napa County Fire Department USAR Team
Sunnyvale Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team

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