The WRHSAC Anti-Terrorism Exercise Series 2015 will bring together the four counties of western Massachusetts to improve preparedness for and response to a terrorist threat. Four tabletop exercises will be held, one in each county. Save the date for your county:
- Berkshire County, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Country Club of Pittsfield, 639 South St., Pittsfield, MA 8a-3p REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR BERKSHIRE COUNTY EXERCISE
- Franklin County, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, French King Restaurant, 129 French King Highway, Erving, MA 8a -3p REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THE FRANKLIN COUNTY EXERCISE
- Hampden County, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, MA, 8a – 3p – REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THE HAMPDEN COUNTY EXERCISE
- Hampshire County, Thursday, May 14, 2015, Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell St (Rt. 9), Hadley, MA, 8a – 3p, REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR HAMPSHIRE COUNTY
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate’s (NPPD) Office of Infrastructure (IP) Sector Outreach and Program Division (SOPD) is planning and facilitating the exercise series. A planning group consisting of first responders from multiple disciplines throughout western Massachusetts, MEMA, MSP, Regional Hazmat Response Team, Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team, DPH, FBI, Pan Am and CSX Railroads and others have been working with DHS to develop the exercise scenario, goals and objectives.