The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) will host Urban Shield 2016, a planned training exercise involving local, national, and international first responder agencies. This event begins Friday, September 9, 2016 and ends on Monday September 12, 2016. This 48-hour exercise will be managed utilizing the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS). The event incorporates the guiding principles from the National Response Framework (NRF) to assist tactical teams as well as all first responders, to prepare for and provide a unified response to disasters and major emergencies.
Urban Shield will be separated into 10 operational Area Commands designated Black, Blue, Gold, Green, Silver (all tactical), Red (fire), White (EOD), Yellow (mass casualty event), EMS (no color designation), Medical Branch (no color designation). Tactical Response teams will participate in 35 individual events ranging from Active Shooter/Immediate Action Team scenarios to detecting radiological devices or materials. Teams will arrive on September 9, 2016, and receive mission and safety briefings as well as an introduction to the latest technology to be used in the training scenarios. In addition, each team member will be subjected to a medical assessment and firearms qualification at the Alameda County Regional Training Center Range Facility.
The training events begin at 0500 hours Saturday, September 10, 2016, and culminate after four 12-hour operational periods, on Monday, September 12, 2016, at 0500 hours. Participating teams will be introduced to the latest in tactical medical treatment options and receive updated information on treatment for any injuries or health issues during the event. Ongoing medical evaluations will occur at Mobile Medical Checkpoints located throughout the exercise for any medical issues experienced by team members.
Throughout the scenarios, teams will be confronted with events averaging one hour or more in duration designed to test their training, preparation, and decision-making skills. Teams will use technology provided to them for use during the scenarios and will be debriefed after each scenario for their immediate feedback concerning the technology presented to them.
This event is not limited to teams from the Bay Area. It is open to any team wishing to participate. In 2015, an international team from South Korea has participated. Teams from across the United States include Jacksonville (FL) County Sheriff’s Office, Miami-Dade Police Department and Travis County (TX) Sheriff’s Office. In past years, teams from the Boston Police Department, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Chicago Police Department, the Dallas Police Department, the French National Police, the Kingdom of Jordan, Bahrain, the State of Israel and other national and international jurisdictions have participated. Observers have come from many international areas including Bahrain, Australia, Denmark and the State of Israel.
Urban Shield is a unique tactical training exercise involving thousands of hours of planning and preparation. The event allows participating agencies a practical opportunity to evaluate their tactical team’s level of preparedness and ability to perform a variety of intricate first responder operations. The dual benefit of this event allows each agency to evaluate its own tactical capabilities while training together with EMS, Fire, and EOD to identify our ability to cope with large scale events at a regional level.