The Maui Police Department, Maui Fire Department and Emergency Management Agency joined the Hawaii National Guard and other agencies for a full-scale training exercise Thursday near the Kahului Airport.
MPD’s Special Response Team started off the training with a safety briefing at 6:40 a.m. followed by a high-risk suspect apprehension exercise. Firefighters then conducted hazardous materials decontamination procedures as well as recognizing chemical processes and hazards.
Other capabilities tested included operational coordination/communications; screening, search and detection; and environmental response/health and safety.
The National Guard 93rd Civil Support Team was also able to exercise their capabilities by integrating operations in conjunction with local first responders.
“The opportunity to take part in this training, especially with our off-island partners, is critical for Maui County’s first responders,” said Andrea Finkelstein, plans and operations officer for the Maui County Emergency Management Agency. “Planning for an emergency is just as important as responding to one, and these exercises play a very significant role in keeping the public safe.”
The 93rd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (WMD-CST) conducts annual Full-Scale Exercises for all the counties in the State of Hawaii. The exercises allow First Responders and the Emergency Management to share and update their existing plans, polices and procedures during real world emergencies. The 93rd WMD-CST is based out of Honolulu and uses these exercises to assess their deployment capabilities and interoperability processes when integrating into an incident.