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Team Buckley, City of Aurora train to respond

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --  A mock crisis victim is wheeled out of a hazardous-material (HAZMAT) decontamination line May 21. Almost 100 volunteers participated in the All-Hazards Response Training exercise, providing Team Buckley emergency responders with more realistic training for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive incidents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- A mock crisis victim is wheeled out of a hazardous-material (HAZMAT) decontamination line May 21. Almost 100 volunteers participated in the All-Hazards Response Training exercise, providing Team Buckley emergency responders with more realistic training for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive incidents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Staff Sgts. Melody Tucker and Charles Rice, 460th Space Communications Squadron and 2nd Space Warning Squadron, respectively, cry for help during an All-Hazards Response Training exercise May 21. The sergeants acted as mock victims of a terrorist attack. The exercise helps train emergency response teams in assessing in the safe, proper and quick treatment of crisis victims.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Staff Sgts. Melody Tucker and Charles Rice, 460th Space Communications Squadron and 2nd Space Warning Squadron, respectively, cry for help during an All-Hazards Response Training exercise May 21. The sergeants acted as mock victims of a terrorist attack. The exercise helps train emergency response teams in assessing in the safe, proper and quick treatment of crisis victims. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --  Airman Joshua Moen, 460th Medical Operations Squadron, left, and Master Sgt. Leslie Handy, 460th Medical Support Squadron, set up a hazardous-material decontamination line during an All-Hazards Training exercise May 21. 460th Medical Group emergency response teams donned Level A suits for personal protection to process and treat mock casualties of a terrorist attack scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Airman Joshua Moen, 460th Medical Operations Squadron, left, and Master Sgt. Leslie Handy, 460th Medical Support Squadron, set up a hazardous-material decontamination line during an All-Hazards Training exercise May 21. 460th Medical Group emergency response teams donned Level A suits for personal protection to process and treat mock casualties of a terrorist attack scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --  Major Jon Ehrenfried and 1st. Lt.  Matthew Bussa, both of the 460th Medical Operations Squadron, set up a hazardous-material decontamination line during an All- Hazards Response Training exercise May 21. 460th Medical Group emergency response teams treated mock casualties of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive (CBRNE) scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Major Jon Ehrenfried and 1st. Lt. Matthew Bussa, both of the 460th Medical Operations Squadron, set up a hazardous-material decontamination line during an All- Hazards Response Training exercise May 21. 460th Medical Group emergency response teams treated mock casualties of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive (CBRNE) scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --  Staff Sgts. Zachariah Coyner, left, and Jesus Almero, both of the 460th Medical Operations Squadron, scrub down Anna Welby, 460th Space Wing Safety Office, during an All-Hazards Response Training exercise May 21. 460th Medical Group emergency response teams set up a hazardous-material decontamination line after a scenario input involving the release of a chemical agent. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Staff Sgts. Zachariah Coyner, left, and Jesus Almero, both of the 460th Medical Operations Squadron, scrub down Anna Welby, 460th Space Wing Safety Office, during an All-Hazards Response Training exercise May 21. 460th Medical Group emergency response teams set up a hazardous-material decontamination line after a scenario input involving the release of a chemical agent. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --  Evan Gutzait, ROTC Detachment 105 cadet, goes through a a hazardous-material decontamination line 
during an All-Hazards Response Training exercise May 12. Gutzait was among almost 100 volunteers that performed as mock casualties for multiple chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive (CBRNE) scenarios across the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Evan Gutzait, ROTC Detachment 105 cadet, goes through a a hazardous-material decontamination line during an All-Hazards Response Training exercise May 12. Gutzait was among almost 100 volunteers that performed as mock casualties for multiple chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive (CBRNE) scenarios across the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --  Staff Sgt. Charles Rice, 2nd Space Warning Squadron, is turned on his side as he goes through a hazardous-material (HAZMAT) decontamination line May 21. Sergeant Rice was among one hundred volunteers to act as mock casualties for an All-Hazards Response Training exercise. The multiple scenarios across the base provided training to emergency response teams in assessing and treating crisis victims of a HAZMAT incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Staff Sgt. Charles Rice, 2nd Space Warning Squadron, is turned on his side as he goes through a hazardous-material (HAZMAT) decontamination line May 21. Sergeant Rice was among one hundred volunteers to act as mock casualties for an All-Hazards Response Training exercise. The multiple scenarios across the base provided training to emergency response teams in assessing and treating crisis victims of a HAZMAT incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --  Staff Sgt. Derek Butler, 2nd Space Warning Squadron, left, and Senior Master Sgt. Joeseph Laursen, 460th Medical Support Squadron, wait for additional treatment as mock crisis victims May 21. Sergeants Butler and Laursen are among almost 100 volunteers that participated in the All-Hazards Response Training here.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Staff Sgt. Derek Butler, 2nd Space Warning Squadron, left, and Senior Master Sgt. Joeseph Laursen, 460th Medical Support Squadron, wait for additional treatment as mock crisis victims May 21. Sergeants Butler and Laursen are among almost 100 volunteers that participated in the All-Hazards Response Training here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Senior Master Sgt. Joseph Laursen, 460th Medical Support Squadron and mock crisis victim, reads an exercise-input card to Staff Sgt. Alvin Tiglao, 140th Medical Group and Colorado Air National Guardsman, May 21. Sergeants Laursen and Tiglao participated in an All-Hazards Response Training exercise that involved multiple chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive scenarios across the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Senior Master Sgt. Joseph Laursen, 460th Medical Support Squadron and mock crisis victim, reads an exercise-input card to Staff Sgt. Alvin Tiglao, 140th Medical Group and Colorado Air National Guardsman, May 21. Sergeants Laursen and Tiglao participated in an All-Hazards Response Training exercise that involved multiple chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive scenarios across the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --  Airmen 1st Class Arthur Jones, 460th Space Communications Squadron, left, Darrel Thornburgh, center, and Matt Duane, both of the 460th Contracting Squadron, wait for additional care during an All-Hazards Response Training exercise May 21. Airmen Jones, Thornburgh and Duane were among almost 100 volunteers that participated in the All-Hazards Response Training here.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)
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BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Airmen 1st Class Arthur Jones, 460th Space Communications Squadron, left, Darrel Thornburgh, center, and Matt Duane, both of the 460th Contracting Squadron, wait for additional care during an All-Hazards Response Training exercise May 21. Airmen Jones, Thornburgh and Duane were among almost 100 volunteers that participated in the All-Hazards Response Training here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- 97 members of Team Buckley volunteered to play the part of the injured and dying during a joint Buckley Air Force Base and City of Aurora All-Hazards Response Training exercise May 17-19 and 21.

"The AHRT exercise, which prepares the 460th Medical Group and first responder organizations, went very well," said Lt. Col. James Jablonski, 460th Medical Operations Squadron commander. "The comments from the trainers and local first-responder agencies were that the on-scene coordination should be the benchmark for the Air Force.

"I'd also like to thank all the base agencies that provided volunteers to be patients for this event," the colonel added. "By practicing like we play and minimizing the amount of simulation by using real people as patients we are better able to assess our response capabilities."

Emergency responders from the 460th MDG, 460th Security Forces Squadron and 460th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department, along with medical personnel from Aurora, responded to several events over the course of the week, culminating in a simulated blister agent attack at the Leadership Development Center May 21.

"The wing did a great job of command and control during the full-scale base exercise, due in part to our preparation for the recent Operational Readiness Inspection," said Lt. Col. George Petty, 460th CES commander, who headed Buckley's Emergency Operations Center during the May 21 event.

Exercises like this one help prepare Team Buckley, as well as the City of Aurora, by identifying problems so they can be fixed during training, rather than finding out about them in the midst of a real-world emergency.

"Had this been a real-world event," Colonel Jablonski concluded, "lives would have been saved."
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