by Senior Airman Christopher S. Muncy
106th Rescue Wing Public Affairs
9/11/2014 - NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- Four
Emergency Management Airmen with the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton
Beach participated in the first Air National Guard Region 2 emergency
management training event at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station here Aug.
They joined more than two dozen emergency management managers and
bioenvironmental technicians representing seven New York ANG wings for
critical skill development and improvement.
"Perhaps the most important element of our regional training was the
chance to coalesce ... and support one another," said Chief Master Sgt.
Doug Treut, the regional chief.
The event was hosted by the 107th Air Wing and included multiple subject
matter experts from across the country. New York ANG Airmen from the
105th AW, 106th Rescue Wing, 107th AW, 109th AW, 174th Attach Wing and
177th Fighter Wing trained together for the entirety of the event.
The first several days were dedicated to classroom training and
graduated from basic to more complicated scenarios. By the end of the
week, Airmen were training under real-world conditions in environments
that simulated poisonous air masses, chemical, biological, radiological
and nuclear events, as well as other catastrophic settings. In addition,
the Airmen involved simulated responding to and neutralizing a
suspected methamphetamine laboratory.
A proper response involves coordination amongst multiple teams and
systems. Working from an Incident Action Plan, emergency managers must
be experienced in setting up inflatable decontamination tents, know how
to set up communication systems between various agencies spread out
through the United States, and how their equipment works to detect
The event culminated in an "All Chemical Response" exercise with all
aspects of the training put into play. Augmentees from the Niagara Falls
Air Reserve Station Fire Department provided a live decontamination
line for first responders.
The emergency management training provided a great opportunity for
members to develop teamwork, coordination, and overcoming challenges in
the event they are called upon during an actual response.
"We encountered problems along the way, but that served the greater
purpose of adapting and overcoming, an inherent [emergency manager]
trait," Treut said.