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Exercise Freedom Net a Success

On Saturday, September 16, 2006 the Lucas County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in conjunction with Ohio EMA, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Toledo Fire, Toledo Police, and nearly every first responder organization in the county participated in a full-scale federally monitored exercise. The exercise named "Freedom Net" came about as a result of federal homeland security grant money awarded to the City of Toledo and Lucas County through the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). Freedom Net involved a coordinated law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical response to three sites in the county, the Westfield Franklin Park Shopping Center, Rogers High School, and the Old Swanton School on Airport Highway. Each site challenged emergency personnel with a different scenario. Scenarios included a hostage situation, a collapsed structure, and a HAZMAT event.

The primary goal of the exercise was to test and demonstrate the current state of emergency communications in Lucas County with the understanding that major improvements to the system would be coming next spring with the implementation of the new Countywide Interoperable Communications system funded by the UASI grant and the 9-1-1 county levy. A secondary goal of the exercise was to serve as an internal evaluation tool for participating agencies of their tactical capabilities in the areas of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), HAZMAT, and all other relevant areas of law enforcement, fire, and EMS.

The exercise was a success as it involved the coordinated response of over 400 emergency personnel from over forty agencies and accurately demonstrated the current state of tactical communications and response in the county. The county and its subdivisions will use the results of this exercise to re-up its effort in success areas and develop corrective actions in areas that need improvement.

See also the following article in the Sunday, September 17, 2006 Toledo Blade: www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060917/NEWS28/609170357/-1/ARCHIVES30.

Regional Terrorism Task Force Advises Public On “Threat Level Orange” Protections

The following information was issued by the federal Office of Homeland Security for public dissemination by the Regional Terrorism Task Force.
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