IWC produce training theatre for Urban Shield: September 2016
IWC was asked to re-create a building similar to the San Bernardino terrorist event of 02 December 2015. The building location in set in a hangar during the 2016 Urban Shield Department of Homeland Security training exercise, hosted by the Alameda County Sheriff’s department.
Scenario: Active shooter in the building, two officers have already responded and have not been heard from. Shot’s fired, the team has to engage to prevent further loss of life. Go!
IWC Professional Range sets the scene for Urban Shield 2016
Urban Shield is a 48-hour exercise will be managed utilizing the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS). The event incorporates the guiding principles from the National Response Framework (NRF) to assist tactical teams as well as all first responders, to prepare for and provide a unified response to disasters and major emergencies.
Urban Shield is a unique tactical training exercise involving thousands of hours of planning and preparation. The event allows participating agencies a practical opportunity to evaluate their tactical team’s level of preparedness and ability to perform a variety of intricate first responder operations. The dual benefit of this event allows each agency to evaluate its own tactical capabilities while training together with EMS, Fire, and EOD to identify our ability to cope with large scale events at a regional level.
The IWC Professional Range Portable Training Walls were erected to create an environment in which to practice armed hostage rescue scenario where tactical teams had to enter and clear a hostile building, treating civilian casualties on route. Squad members were focussed on close quarter urban skills and communication. Moving from large open spaces to a restrictive interior corridor, squads were forced to work together in a highly realistic, fast paced threat situation.
The training scenario used both an armed hostage taker and live hostage role players as well as a number of props and targets to enhance the scenario.