Photo by Luke Burke, USAG VI
By USAG Public Affairs
The U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick held a full-scale emergency preparedness exercise Sept. 7, testing Fort Detrick's ability to respond to a crisis situation.
The exercise, known as Operation Resilient Response, was an opportunity for Fort Detrick leaders to interact with community partners and first responders to improve emergency response and coordination skills.
The Resilient Response scenario involved an active shooter, entering a building and firing on employees. This scenario tested the response capabilities of Fort Detrick's first responders, the Emergency Operations Center, and other organizations on post and the City of Frederick to react to and manage a crisis.
"More than 90 personnel from across Fort Detrick were involved in the exercise," said Garth Phoebus, USAG Emergency Manager, "evaluators, controllers, role players, first responders, and EOC personnel participated in order to simulate a full-scale crisis situation."
The Fort Detrick personnel were evaluated by their counterparts from Fort Hamilton, N.Y.
"The feedback from observers and evaluators, including Installation Management Command, Fort Detrick's higher headquarters, was overwhelmingly positive," said Phoebus. "Everyone involved should be proud of how well we did."