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MHAFB conducts readiness exercise

A member of the 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron dons his gas mask during an exercise Feb. 28, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. There is a specific order in which their protective gear must be applied to ensure speed and safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jeremy D. Wolff/Released)

A member of the 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron dons his gas mask during an exercise Feb. 28, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. There is a specific order in which their protective gear must be applied to ensure speed and safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jeremy D. Wolff/Released)

Members of the 366th Civil Engineer Squadron construct a tent during an exercise at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The focus of the base wide exercise was mission readiness and took place from Feb. 28 through March 2. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jeremy D. Wolff/Released)

Members of the 366th Civil Engineer Squadron construct a tent during an exercise at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The focus of the base wide exercise was mission readiness and took place from Feb. 28 through March 2. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jeremy D. Wolff/Released)

Airmen assigned to the 366th Bio Environmental Flight gear up to enter an area with a simulated chemical threat at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, March 1st, 2017. The team uses specialized equipment to test the chemical compounds of explosives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jeremy Wolff)

Airmen assigned to the 366th Bio Environmental Flight gear up to enter an area with a simulated chemical threat at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, March 1st, 2017. The team uses specialized equipment to test the chemical compounds of explosives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jeremy Wolff)

Members of the 366th Civil Engineering Squadron finish applying the inner lining of a tent Mar. 2, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Several tents were erected throughout the morning as part of a readiness exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Connor Marth/Released)

Members of the 366th Civil Engineering Squadron finish applying the inner lining of a tent Mar. 2, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Several tents were erected throughout the morning as part of a readiness exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Connor Marth/Released)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Mountain Home Air Force Base conducted a base-wide emergency management exercise March 1 here.

Exercise planners developed a complex scenario that would test how different agencies would respond to a variety of simulated emergencies.

“Biggest key items were being able to gross decontaminate victims within a hot zone,” said Daniel Hawkins, 366th Fighter Wing Fire Department assistant chief of operations. “Identify and try and figure out what (simulated) unknown chemical was used during an attack.”

The exercise focused around a simulated mass casualty event and it was up to a team of first responders and various designated personnel to evacuate victims and contain the situation.

“We came up on an unknown,” Hawkins said. “Once we were able to remove those victims we got the robot in and assessed and identified that there was a secondary explosive device.”

This was an exercise to test everyone’s readiness and abilities to work in a large scale incident.

“We had some great partnerships with emergency management and bioenvironmental,” said Master Sgt. Sean Katz 366th FW Fire Department assistant chief of health and safety. “I think it was executed on the spot.”

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