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The Connecticut and Rhode Island Cross-Border Exercise Series Table Top Exercise (CRICES TTX).
The Office of Emergency Response participated in The Connecticut and Rhode Island Cross-Border Exercise Series Table Top Exercise (CRICES TTX). The CRICES TTX was held on Saturday, April 18, 2009 in New London, CT between 9:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. This five-hour exercise was the first in a two exercise series developed by a joint planning team composed of Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management, and Environmental Protection officials from CT and RI and Representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG).
The CRICES TTX allowed participating agencies to examine current capability levels in the areas of communications, emergency operations center management, on-site incident management,weapons of mass destruction/hazardous materials response, decontamination, responder safety and health, triage and pre-hospital treatment.
Participants from Hazardous Materials (HazMat) response teams in Connecticut and Rhode Island responded to a scenario involving a HazMat incident along the Connecticut-Rhode Island border. The scenario was based around an accident at an industrial facility that led to the release of several potentially hazardous chemicals. The HazMat teams conducted operations for chlorine releases, downed personnel recovery, and decon.
The exercise featured both discussion-based and operations-based play. This allowed incident management staff to discuss the challenges associated with this type of response and develop a response plan while HazMat teams spent time improving familiarization with the tools and resources of their counterparts.
Exercises like the CRICES TTX are a crucial component of on-going preparedness efforts that build and foster relationships between responding agencies. Additionally, these exercises serve to validate plans and procedures in place for responding to a multitude of incidents. Lessons learned during the conduct of the CRICES TTX allowed participating agencies to continually improve their ability to respond.