Purdue Homeland Security Institute

Full Scale Exercises

A Full Scale Exercise (FSE) is defined by HSEEP as follows:

"The FSE is the most complex type of exercise. FSEs are multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, multi-organizational exercises that validate many facets of preparedness. They focus on implementing and analyzing the plans, policies, procedures, and cooperative agreements developed in discussion-based exercises and honed in previous, smaller, operations-based exercises. In FSEs, the reality of operations in multiple functional areas presents complex and realistic problems that require critical thinking, rapid problem solving, and effective responses by trained personnel. During FSEs, events are projected through a scripted exercise scenario with built-in flexibility to allow updates to drive activity. FSEs are conducted in real time, creating a stressful, time-constrained environment that closely mirrors real events. The level of support needed to conduct an FSE is greater than that needed during other types of exercises."

 

Please visit the following links for more information on our roll in each exercise:

 

Indiana Department of Homeland Security District 4

Facilitated full-scale exercise sponsored by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security on January 27, 2007.

  • 350 participants

 

Participants Included:

  • Indiana Department of Homeland Security
  • Indiana State Department of Health
  • Indiana State Police
  • American Red Cross
  • Local health departments
  • Local emergency management agencies
  • Local emergency medical services
  • Local fire departments
  • Local police departments
  • Media
The exercise scenario included:
  • Stolen tanker truck of anhydrous ammonia intended to be used as a WMD.
  • Large scale hazardous materials and decontamination incident.
  • Mass casualties.
Goals and Objectives:
  • Dispatch personnel to notify response and support agencies, mobilize emergency personnel, and provide timely and accurate information.
  • Implement an Incident Command System, transition to a Unified Command System, and direct/coordinate with Dispatch Centers, Mobile Operation Centers, and Emergency Operations Centers.
  • Establish and maintain effective communications among all appropriate response agencies.
  • Individual teams must form into a regional response team to effectively respond to and mitigate a terrorist event or disaster.
  • Regional team must work with other response agencies in providing decontamination to ambulatory and non-ambulatory victims and patients.
  • Law enforcement must effectively identify and respond to a terrorist event or disaster involving other public safety personnel and agencies while maintaining crowd control, traffic control, site security, crime scene integrity, hostage negotiations, and apprehension of perpetrators.

 

Indiana Department of Homeland Security District 3

A facilitated full-scale exercise sponsored by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security was held on January 20, 2007.

  • 175 participants
Participants included:
  • Indiana Department of Homeland Security
  • Indiana State Department of Health
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • IN Fusion Center
  • Local health departments
  • Local emergency management agencies
  • Local fire departments
  • Local police departments
  • Local elected officials
The exercise scenario included:
  • Several thousand people exposed to anthrax inhalation
  • LHDs stand up sites to prepare for response from outbreak
  • Mobilization of LE to barricaded suspect situation
  • LE finds anthrax lab and calls for HAZMAT
  • LE captures several suspects after shots were exchanged
Goals and Objectives:
  • Implement a NIMS compliant Incident Command System, transition to a Unified Command System, and effectively direct, coordinate, and manage a response to a terrorist event or disaster.
  • Establish and maintain effective communications among all appropriate response locations, agencies, and emergency response personnel.
  • Establish traffic and crowd control, conduct criminal investigation, apprehend perpetrators, and provide security to first responders.
  • Activate, staff, and utilize an Emergency Operations Center to coordinate and support multilevel agencies.
  • Coordinate and investigate area surveillance data to identify a CBRNE agent, initiate appropriate mass care steps to minimize the effects of the agent, and support other agencies in their response efforts.

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