• HAZMAT crews from two regional response teams attempt to stop a leak to a simulated acid pipeline. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

    Emergency first responders converge on the Arsenal

    HAZMAT crews from two regional response teams attempt to stop a leak to a simulated acid pipeline. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital...

  • HAMAT team member gets dressed to enter a building that was contaminated with an unknown substance. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

    Emergency first responders converge on the Arsenal

    HAMAT team member gets dressed to enter a building that was contaminated with an unknown substance. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital...

  • HAZMAT team treats a simulated victim during the exercise. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

    Emergency first responders converge on the Arsenal

    HAZMAT team treats a simulated victim during the exercise. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

  • Emergency responders from the Town of Colonie, N.Y., position themselves in the foreground of the Arsenal's "Big Gun Shop." The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

    Emergency first responders converge on the Arsenal

    Emergency responders from the Town of Colonie, N.Y., position themselves in the foreground of the Arsenal's "Big Gun Shop." The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the...

  • Watervliet Arsenal Fire Captain Mike Boulerice takes a moment to talk to local media.  Boulerice was the Incident Commander for the exercise. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

    Emergency first responders converge on the Arsenal

    Watervliet Arsenal Fire Captain Mike Boulerice takes a moment to talk to local media. Boulerice was the Incident Commander for the exercise. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise...

  • Emergency responders from the City of Troy begin to stow equipment used during the exercise. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

    Emergency first responders converge on the Arsenal

    Emergency responders from the City of Troy begin to stow equipment used during the exercise. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

  • From left:  Arsenal Fire Chief John Whipple and the exercise lead John Nuzback watch the action along with the local media. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

    Emergency first responders converge on the Arsenal

    From left: Arsenal Fire Chief John Whipple and the exercise lead John Nuzback watch the action along with the local media. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the...

  • The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

    Emergency first responders converge on the Arsenal

    The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

  • First responders from the City of Albany supported the region-wide HAZMAT exercise on the Watervliet Arsenal. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

    Emergency first responders converge on the Arsenal

    First responders from the City of Albany supported the region-wide HAZMAT exercise on the Watervliet Arsenal. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York...

  • Watervliet Arsenal Fire Chief John Whipple engages the media during the exercise. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

    Emergency first responders converge on the Arsenal

    Watervliet Arsenal Fire Chief John Whipple engages the media during the exercise. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

  • Arsenal firefighter Don Haberski gives the local media some insight into what first responders had to attack during the exercise. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

    Emergency first responders converge on the Arsenal

    Arsenal firefighter Don Haberski gives the local media some insight into what first responders had to attack during the exercise. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type...

  • Lead exercise planner John Nuzback, who is from the Schenectady County Emergency Management Office, takes a moment to engage the local media. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

    Emergency first responders converge on the Arsenal

    Lead exercise planner John Nuzback, who is from the Schenectady County Emergency Management Office, takes a moment to engage the local media. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise...

  • Watervliet Arsenal Fire Captain Mike Boulerice, left, was the incident commander for the exercise. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

    Emergency first responders converge on the Arsenal

    Watervliet Arsenal Fire Captain Mike Boulerice, left, was the incident commander for the exercise. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital...

  • Watervliet Arsenal first responders get ready to neutralize a chemical attack. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

    Emergency first responders converge on the Arsenal

    Watervliet Arsenal first responders get ready to neutralize a chemical attack. The Watervliet Arsenal hosted emergency first responders from four New York counties in the largest exercise of this type in the New York Capital District.

WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. (Nov. 21, 2011) -- The Watervliet Arsenal and more than 100 local emergency first responders from four New York counties were activated Nov. 19, 2011, to respond to a simulated attack by a disgruntled employee who was attempting to perform a terrorist act.

This simulated attack was part of a regional hazardous material or HAZMAT exercise at the Watervliet Arsenal. The scope of the exercise was to activate and integrate the Capital District Regional HAZMAT teams to respond to a simulated chemical attack and a continued hazardous materials release. New York's Homeland Security Office funded this exercise.

"Among the many potential disasters that we face today, terrorist attacks have become an increasing concern," said John Nuzback, the lead planner for the exercise and who is from the Schenectady County Emergency Management Office. "Therefore, the purpose of the exercise was to evaluate regional current response concepts, plans, and capabilities when responding to a suspected terrorist attack involving hazardous material."

HAZMAT response and security teams were deployed to secure the area, test the unknown substance, and to decontaminate any effected person (s) and equipment. The exercise started at 7 a.m. and ended at 2 p.m.

"Our key objectives for this exercise were to measure and validate the performance of key emergency response capabilities such as establishing communications, establishing a Command Post, integrating the multiple capabilities of the emergency response teams, and to perform technical and personal decontamination," Nuzback said.

This is the first time the Watervliet Arsenal has hosted a large-scale exercise of this type, said Arsenal Fire Chief John Whipple.

"What is great about this type of training is that it not only provides the Arsenal an opportunity to challenge our training levels to higher levels, the exercise also gives us great insight into better integrating and synchronizing unique capabilities of each regional response team," Whipple said.

The key take away is a continuing commitment from the Arsenal to improve communications and response times with supporting agencies from outside the Arsenal fence line, Whipple said.

Nuzback said that this exercise was the largest HAZMAT exercise ever conducted in New York's Capital District.

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