Wednesday, November 14, 2007

CA Terror Sim, Drills, + Raytheon Robotics, BAE +

O.C. Authorities Participate in Terror Simulation

DECONTAMINATION: Firefighters decontaminate simulated victims after an explosion scenario involving hazardous materials on a train during Wednesday's Golden Guardian disaster exercise at Angel stadium in Anaheim.

Exercise Involved Federal, State, County, and City Officials

By John Gregory
ANAHEIM, Nov. 14, 2007 (KABC-TV)

- Several Orange County agencies took part Wednesday in a state wide drill to prepare for a terror attack or other disaster.
If terrorists were to strike it would be disastrous. A simulated explosion shook the parking lot at Angel Stadium leaving victims and debris scattered in every direction.

First responders including police, firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene. It was chaotic and confusing, a lot like what it would be if an attack really happened.
"They are going to be surprised by what they see. They don't know if they are encountering just some sort of an accident, an explosion or if it was an intentional act. The determination that takes place will be for them to find out what occurred and where do they go from here," explains Sgt. Rick Martinez, Anaheim Police Department.
Actors were recruited to play the role of bombing victims and they did their part. A heavy dose of fake blood and screaming added to the first responders tensions.
The goal was to make the simulation as real as possible. There were body parts mixed in with the debris.
A bus was blown up to get an accurate feel of what would happen if a terrorist attack did occur and how the debris would spread (cont...)

Palo Alto embroiled in bioterrorism drill (update)

St. Louis Area Hospitals Respond To Disaster Drill

(KSDK) - A surprise disaster drill Tuesday night took staff at 32 hospitals

The scenario involved an explosion outside a downtown St. Louis office building with 500 injuries and 75 fatalities.The call for a mass casualty drill went out at 8 p.m. St. Louis University Hospital was the second to respond (cont...)

Mall hosting emergency exercise (NM)

Raytheon Acquired Sarcos' Robotics technology

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has acquired the robotics technologies and capabilities of Sarcos, a company specializing in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and robotics for the entertainment and medical industries. "We look forward to being part of the [Raytheon] IDS team," said Dr. Stephen Jacobsen, president of Sarcos. he added that by joining with Raytheon Sarcos will be better positioned to move our technology from research and development to execution." Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Joint Battlespace Integration. (More...)

Underground Object Mapping Capability from BAE Systems

The US Air Force awarded BAE Systems Electronics and Integrated Solutions, Inc. a $8 million contract to build and demonstrate an 'active electromagnetic' tomography sensor, designed to characterize complex sub-surface objects such as underground facilities or perimeter breaching tunnels. Such objects are usually concealed from conventional airborne imaging or radar based sensors. (More...)

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