Podcast #85: Cal OES Leads Covid19-Safe Radiological Exercise ‘Sentinel Response 2021’

In the words of our guest for this episode, “Table top is one thing. Getting your knuckles dirty is another.” Cal OES Assistant Fire Joe Gear takes a few minutes to sit down and talk with us about his role as incident commander, and that of Cal OES’s role, as well as the overall operations for Sentinel Response 2021. This is a detailed, complex all-of-government exercise that puts local, state, federal and military responders through the ringer during a two-day, hands-on training drill. This annual event usually takes place in Region-2, though it did happen in Sacramento in 2018.  This time, the training site is the Naval Weapons Station Concord, a World War II-era military base that has long-since been decommissioned pending full closure. Nevertheless, the Navy offered it as the site for this year’s exercise.

Asst. Chief Joe Gear

Cal OES Asst. Fire Chief Joe Gear

 

Asst. Chief Joe Gear and Host Shawn Boyd

Cal OES Asst. Fire Chief Joe Gear and Host Shawn Boyd

 

MASH Units at Sentinel Response 2021

MASH Units at Sentinel Response 2021

 

Soldiers Set Up a MASH

Soldiers Set Up a MASH

 

Firefighter Works to Access "Victim" through Bottom of Car

Firefighter Works to Access “Victim” through Bottom of Car

 

Firefighter Works to Access "Victim" through Car

Firefighter Works to Access “Victim” through Car

 

Firefighters Work to Access "Victim" through Car

Firefighters Work to Access “Victim” through Car

 

Simulated Chlorine Leak from Rail Car

Simulated Chlorine Leak from Rail Car

 

Simulated Chlorine Leak from Rail Car

Simulated Chlorine Leak from Rail Car

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References and Links

Sentinel Response 2021 Photos

INFO: California Specialized Training Institute

HOME PAGE: California Specialized Training Institute

FirstNet

California Fire and Rescue Training Authority

Engine Transfer Photos

Sentinel Response 18 FSE and Interagency Cooperation

INSIDE LOOK: Sentinel Response 2018

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory