Capital Shield 2014: First responders to train in nation's capital

By JFHQ-NCR/MDW Public AffairsSeptember 25, 2013

Capital Shield 2014:  First Responders to train in Nation's Capital
A Soldier from the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company discusses rescue procedures with a civilian first responder during last year's Capital Shield training event. The Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region is the coordinating agency... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

WASHINGTON (Sept. 24, 2014) -- Seeing emergency vehicles and first responders in action unfortunately are not new to the residents of the National Capital Region, but beginning Sept. 30 thru Oct. 3, those images will not be a sign that something has gone terribly wrong, but that various government agencies are preparing for the next such incident if it occurs.

Capital Shield 2014 is a joint training exercise in the National Capital Region, or NCR, that runs from Sept. 30 thru Oct. 3, and is hosted by the Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region. It brings federal, state, local and municipal agencies together to realistically test interagency operability during a crisis impacting the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland.

It also trains and prepares the Department of Defense to provide defense support to civil authorities and employ appropriate force protection measures as requested.

More than 38 participating agencies from DOD and capital region response agencies will perform mock mass casualty rescues, Defense Support to civil agency technical rescues and law enforcement tactical responses. The goal of the exercise is to ensure government agencies at every level are prepared to coordinate action to protect the public in the event of an actual disaster in the National Capital Region.


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