MA-TF1 Vigilant Guard Vermont 2016 Overview
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- 7.27.16 Northwest Mass Incident Management Team To Train In Disaster Response - Athol Daily News
- 7.27.16 Vermont Disaster Drill Features Bus Crash and Plague Outbreak - NECN.com
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NWMIMT Jericho 16 Communications Unit
July 31, 2016 - During Jericho 16 Search and Rescue exercise, the NWMIMT communications unit has worked with the communications unit from FEMA Incident Support Team (IST), FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS), and VT National Guard JISCC to supply Radio Frequency (RF) communications to and from the field units, satellite phone to and from field units as well as telephone and internet to the incident command post. Through use of satellite dishes, we were able to supply data and telephone services to the incident command post to support email, GIS mapping, video and other communication systems.
Wide area communications was supplied by two portable trailer towers, equipped with repeaters from FEMA. Field units were able to communicate with each other and with command through this radio network.
Command staff were provided with their own network for simplex communications around the ICP (Incident Command post) and 3 BOO’s (Base of Operations)
The communications unit also had communications with base range control (military police) for real world injuries or events.
This exercise was a great opportunity for the communications unit of NWMIMT to work with federal partners, and vice versa.
NWMIMT would like to thank MEMA for their support during this event, with both personnel and equipment.
Communications Unit Leader
- Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team (NWMIMT)
- Massachusetts Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team
- Vermont National Guard
- Canadian Armed Forces
- Western Mass Homeland Security Advisory Council
- Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
Camp Ethan Allen - Jericho Vermont
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NWMIMT PARTICIPATES IN URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE EXERCISE
SHELBURNE, MA - July 26, 2016 - The Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team (NWMIMT) will be working alongside the FEMA's Urban Search & Rescue Task Force MATF-1 from Beverly, MA. at Camp Ethan Allen in Jericho Vermont, for a 4 day full scale emergency response exercise called “Vigilant Guard 2016”. The scenario will include large-scale representations of disasters, which require public health and public safety responses. “The ability to communicate and work cooperatively to accomplish a large scale response is a critical and complex skill and the Team is looking forward to participating in this important training experience”, said Dennis Annear, NWMIMT Team Leader.
The Exercise will take place, between July 28th and 31st and will include Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams from Massachusetts, New York, Florida, Vermont and Canada. These teams will support local incident commanders in their efforts to mitigate the exercise’s multiple disaster scenarios.
The exercise tests the real time readiness and effectiveness of Urban Search and Rescue teams to work with local, regional, federal and international partners to respond to a disaster. Nineteen NWMIMT team members will work alongside Federal USAR Incident Support Team (IST) members to provide incident support for the civilian USAR Teams participating in this exercise. "We participate in these exercises so we're ready to respond when real catastrophic events occur," said Mark Foster, Program Manager of the MA Task Force 1 National Search and Rescue Response System.
The NWMIMT is supported by the Tri-state Fire Mutual Aid Association, the Western Mass Homeland Security Council and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
Throughout the exercise, team Public Information Officers will provide approved updates to FIREGROUND360°.
NWMIMT volunteers participating in the exercise, work for Public Safety Departments in Chesterfield, Greenfield, Lanesborough, Monson, New Salem, Northampton Shelburne and Shutesbury. Others, not connected with municipal departments are from Amherst, Deerfield, Leyden Northfield and Orange.