March 22, 2013 @ 1:46 pm
An alphabet soup of local, state and federal agencies conducted a simulated improvised-explosive device exercise at the Port of Tacoma today. FBI, TPD, DOE, ILWU,SWAT and TOTE all attended. Nothing blew up that wasn't supposed to during the drill.
The drill involved two scenarios along the Blair Waterway where IEDs will be discovered and disposed of before they could "detonate" as a way practice for when a real call comes.
Alongside the technical work of driving the bomb-retrieving robot and firing up the scanning equipment, a big part of the exercise involved the management of communications gear and incident updates between agencies.
Along with emergency responder agencies, several Port of Tacoma terminals and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Tacoma Police Department, 10th Civil Support Team, APM Terminal, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Husky Terminal, Olympic Container Terminal, Pacific NW Terminal, Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Pierce County Terminal, Regional Intelligence Group, South Sound 911, Tacoma Fire Department, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Transportation Security Administration, United States Coast Guard, Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington State Fusion Center, and the Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad.
This exercise was funded through the Port Security Grant program of the federal Department of Homeland Security.
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