The El Cerrito Police Department hosted in Richmond, California an emergency exercise simulating the discovery of a ‘dirty bomb.’ The emergency exercise was conducted on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The press release stated it will be an inter-agency exercise that will coordinate different agencies to include military, police, and County Emergency Services.
Courage Sowers published a YouTube video of the emergency exercise. As you watch the video, you see National Guard members lined up without riot gear and only holding batons. In the video, National Guard soldiers are facing off a line of people that are acting as unruly civilians.
If the emergency exercise is the discovery of a dirty bomb as Captain Will Martin of the National Guard writes in the press release then why practice Riot Control. When your dealing with an incident like a dirty bomb scenario you would need security, and I don’t see where riot control against civilians would be an issue. Most Americans would stay out of the area that has anything to do with a dirty bomb.
The YouTube video is interesting when one civilian who is acting uncooperative yells out while confronting the National Guard Riot Control team “I am a sovereign citizen and I refuse to recognize you guys.” It’s not clear why he was saying that in the video.
The exercise will be conducting according to news media decontamination, medical, explosive ordinance disposal, and security training. The security training I would understand as you would need to secure the area of a dirty bomb. I just don’t see a riot control situation in that type of scenario.Watch Jarhead 3 : The Siege (2016) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
The 49th Military Police Brigade is a member of the Homeland Response Force (HRF) which is a Department of Defense (DoD) component. The HRF is comprised of Military Police, Engineers, medical and chemical corps soldiers. There will be one HRF unit in each of the FEMA regions. If you want to know which FEMA region, you are located in you can find out here.
Department of Defense (DoD)has set up units such as the Homeland Response Force (HRF) to increase the focus of DoD Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High explosive (CBRNE) Consequence management Response forces on life-saving objectives and increase operational flexibility while recognizing the primary role that the governors play in controlling the response CBRNE incidents that occur in their states.
California Army National Guard press release on April 3, 2015
Capt. Will Martin
Public Affairs Officer
California Army National Guard
49th Military Police Brigade, Fairfield, California
El Cerrito Police Department, El Cerrito, California
Richmond Police Department, Richmond, California
FEMA Regional Offices in the United States
FEMA Region IX Homeland Response Force
Contra Costa County Office of Emergency Services
Richmond Standard – News Media of Mock Drill
Watch! Richmond, CA Dirty Bomb Drill 2015
YouTube video Published April 11, 2015