During Annual BayEx, Cal OES Participates in Multi-Agency Response Full-Scale Training Exercise


Cal OES HAZMAT vehicle staged near Golden Gate Bridge


The 95th Civil Support Team from Hayward recently played host to BayEx 2024 in the San Francisco Bay Area, an event aimed at bolstering emergency response capabilities and fostering collaboration among various local, state and federal agencies.

Personnel from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Fire and Rescue and Law Enforcement divisions participated in the four-day, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) full-scale training exercise, bringing together over 600 participants to reinforce vital relationships and enhance incident management skills.

The training exercise simulated a series of emergency scenarios including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. BayEx participants worked hand-in-hand with local fire and law enforcement agencies to respond.

By training together, these teams ensure they can seamlessly communicate and coordinate in the event of a real-world emergency.

Simulated hazards were set up in diverse locations including Fort Baker in Sausalito, Great America in Santa Clara, the San Francisco International Airport and the USS Hornet in Alameda. These realistic training environments enabled responders to practice their skills in crowded and often difficult to navigate spaces.

BayEx builds upon the relationships Cal OES has with local, state and federal partners, working to create safer and more resilient communities.

Crews conducting a simulated training exercise at Great America