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Training Program Preps Emergency Responders for Deployment to Hurricane Sandy

Half Moon Bay fire and emergency response volunteers participate in Urban Shield 2012 to prepare for emergency response.

With Hurricane Sandy tearing through the East Coast, 12 agencies gathered at South San Francisco to take part in emergency response scenarios comparable to the hurricane.

The program, Urban Shield 2012, is a planned training exercise to prepare agencies for emergency response. It was hosted by the South San Francisco Fire Department.

Agencies included South San Francisco, Marin County, Santa Clara County, Colma, San Mateo, Central County, Southern Marin, Half Moon Bay, Belmont, San Jose, and Idaho Regional Response Team and a civilian assistance team.

Exercises prepped the agencies for scenarios including hazardous materials and urban search and rescue incidents. The emphasis of the program is on decision making skills and cooperation between the first responders.

The members who participated in the weekend's exercise now await deployment to the East Coast to provide aid during Hurricane Sandy.

— Bay City News

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