timberland shearling boots Agencies assemble to train for emergency at Naval Base Ventura County
Army Sgt. Taylor Coe is decontaminated during a force protection exercise at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu on Monday with the help of the naval base’s Engine 72 and Quint 72 federal firefighters.(Photo: )Buy PhotoA semitrailerpulls up to an entry gate to Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, yards away from where service members make their homes. Navy personnel at the gate, prompting the deployment of “final denial barriers” large, backward ramps that protrude from the ground, making forward progress in a vehicle virtually impossible.
A hazardous materials response was launched to identify the substance, treat those affected and protect the base and its occupants.
Capt. Chris Janke, basecommanding officer,said the operation combines “pieces and parts” of real world events. In past years, exercises have included earthquakes, terrorist attacks and plane crashes.
Janke also said the exercises play a crucial role in testing not only the responses of individual units from the base, such as the Federal Fire Department but also coordination with outside agencies such as the Ventura County Fire Department.
“We like to,
just as (Ventura County fire does), get these scenarios where we can test our partnership,” Janke said.
“Although we have a great team here and this equipment, it’s not near the capability that the county has,” he said. Army and base police called Commander, Navy Region Southwest Police also engaged in the exercise.
For about three hours, in cloudy weather that eventually gave way to sunshine, fire, police and military agenciescoordinated with each other to respond to the simulated emergency.
Roadways were blocked off, and two federal firefighters donned gas masks and hazardous materials gear to examine the vehicle.
A semi had been parked at the entry gate for the occasion, occupied by a role player portraying the uncooperative driver.
Janke said the exercise was an important event due to an infrequency of opportunities.
“We get limited numbers of times in a year where we do anintegrated exercise,” Janke said.
Multiagency training days areintensive, often taking months of planning and coordinationand can disrupt the day to day operations of the naval base,
the commander added.