7 Exercise Play Exercise Play will be on [Date], from [Times] Exercise Play will take place at [Exercise Site] and area hospitalsPlay will be restricted to the delineated areas surrounding the [Exercise Site] and area hospitals
8 Exercise Safety Safety is EVERYONE’S concern Safety concerns override exercise executionBe aware that operating in this environment is inherently dangerousControllers and Evaluators must immediately inform the Safety Controller or Senior Controller of safety concernsActual emergencies will be identified by the saying: [“Code Word or Phrase (e.g. ‘This is a Real Emergency’)]
9 Weapons PolicyIt is the policy of the USDHS/ODP to ensure that every effort is made to provide a safe and secure environment at all ODP-sponsored exercises for its participants, observers/VIPs, control/evaluation staff, volunteers, and the general public.Federal and contractor exercise planners and controllers shall plan for and promulgate control measures with regard to weapons, whether introduced as a simulated device during exercise play or utilized by law enforcement officers in their normal scope of duties.For the purpose of this policy, a weapon shall include all firearms, knives, explosive devices, less than lethal weapons/tools/devices, and any other object capable of causing bodily harm.Qualified personnel (law enforcement, security, military, etc.) with legal authority to carry weapons who have an assigned exercise role (responder, tactical team, etc.) and have the potential for interaction with other exercise participants shall NOT carry a loaded weapon within the confines of the exercise play area. They may continue to carry their weapon only after it has been properly cleared and rendered safe (i.e., no ammunition in chamber, cylinder, breach, or magazines) and only after being marked or identified in a conspicuous manner (i.e., bright visible tape around the visible stock or holster). The use of an area clearly marked as “off limits,” and with assigned armed personnel to secure weapons in a container, vehicle, or other security area is acceptable, and should be consistent with host jurisdiction weapons security policies.
10 Weapons PolicyQualified personnel (law enforcement, security, military, etc.) with legal authority to carry weapons who are utilized to provide “real world” perimeter security for the exercise and have no assigned or direct interaction with exercise participants may continue to carry loaded weapons as part of their normal scope of duty.All other personnel with no legal authority to carry weapons shall not bring, introduce, or have in their possession any weapon of any type in any area associated with the exercise. Safety briefings will be provided to all exercise participants specifying provisions and policies regarding weapons prior to the start of the exercise.Simulated explosive devices, such as ‘flash bangs’, pyrotechnics, flares, smoke grenades, etc. will be handled and/or detonated only by qualified exercise staff or bomb technicians.Aggressive behavior will not be tolerated during exercise conduct, except in matters of self-defense. Examples of aggressive behavior may include but are not limited to: excessive speeding; uncontrolled animals (i.e., K-9s, horses, etc.); employment of defense products (i.e., mace, pepper spray, stun guns, tasers, batons, etc.); and forceful use of operational response equipment or tools (i.e., pike poles, hose lines used at full stream on victims, etc.).Exceptions to this policy specifying special mitigating circumstances shall be directed, in writing, to ODP 30 days prior to the exercise.
17 Scenario Elements Devices Primary Devices: Secondary Device: A secondary “recognition” device will be placed at the scene. Once the device is discovered, bomb squad personnel will attempt neutralization procedures on a training device at an alternate location not interfering with exercise play
24 Control and Observation Concept Exercise execution is the responsibility of the Exercise Director and the Senior ControllerControllers/Evaluators organized by player location/functionExperienced controllers in key positionsObservers/Media remain in designated area
25 Observation Guidelines Control andObservation GuidelinesCoordinate activities with the Exercise Director, Senior Controller, and other controllers in your areaNotify the Exercise Director and/or Senior Controller of ANY problems related to safety or scenario play
27 Controller Functions Inject Enforce Report Attend responder “Hot wash” Attend final Controller/ Evaluator Debrief at [Time]Complete and turn in exercise documentation
28 Controller Responsibilities Senior ControllerMonitors exercise progress and makes decisions regarding any deviations or changesCoordinates any required modificationsIndividual ControllerIntroduces, maintains, and coordinates exercise events in accordance with the MSELObserves and reports exercise artificialities that interfere with realismAdditional information is listedin the C/E Handbook
29 Controller Guidelines DO:Deliver injects promptly as directed by the Senior ControllerNotify the Senior Controller of events or need for changesDO NOT:Hold personal conversations with PlayersProvide extra or advance information to PlayersPrompt Players (unless directed by the Senior Controller/Exercise Director)
31 Evaluator Functions Observe Record key events and times as they occur Report/ElaborateCollect information
32 Evaluator Responsibilities Evaluate each assigned organization/player areaUnderstand the exercise concept and scenarioKnow the procedures for the element being evaluatedInform the Senior Controller of problems related to exercise designObserve, record, and report participant actionsEnsure collection of all evaluation data, EEGs, and materials after the exerciseAdditional information is listedin the C/E Handbook
34 Evaluator Guidelines DO: Observe and record player activities Document strengths/problem areasWRITE LEGIBLYDO NOT:Leave your post at key timesPrompt playersGet in the wayAnswer questions for players
36 Exercise Artificialities Artificialities and constraints, such as the Assembly Area, may detract from realism. Some other artificialities include the following:Surrogates may be playing in place of some key decision makersReal distances may be reduced to fit play location constraintsThe exercise will be played in real time. However, there may be some time jumps or acceleration to meet certain objectives
37 Responder DeploymentEmergency equipment located in and dispatched from the Assembly AreaWill be released according to the Deployment TimetableThe Deployment Timetable is based on a real-time response to [Incident Site]
39 Problem ResolutionConcept of “Earned Information”Communication
40 Exercise Communications CONTROLLER/EVALUATOR RADIO NETWORKA designated channel to:Report emergencies or safety issuesReport major timeline eventsAcknowledge communication checks for timeline statusPlease keep non-essential radio traffic to a minimum
46 Victim Tags Thank you for your participation!!! On ground, not moving Large shrapnel piece protruding from abdomenSwollen EyesResp: 10 and shallow audible cracklingPulse: 90BP: 90/60UnresponsiveUnable to follow commandsMoaning onlyUnable to walkThank you for your participation!!!
47 Exercise “Administrivia” Restrooms will be availableA canteen vehicle will be located on siteDrinkable water will be located throughout the exercise siteYou may keep your hatsAFTER THE “HOTWASH”, PLEASE RETURN:YOUR BADGESALL EXERCISE DOCUMENTATION (EEGs/activity logs)
48 Final Exercise Reminders Know your role and the scenarioDo not prompt or get in the way of playersContact the Exercise Director and/or Senior Controller with any problems or questionsSAFETY COMES FIRST – use the phrase “[Code Phrase/Word]” in any actual emergency!