USAG Daegu elements test their emergency response readiness
DAEGU GARRISON — A Full Scale exercise was held Tuesday tthrough Thursday on Camp Walker and Camp Carroll to test the readiness capabilities of the 36th Signal Battalion, and U.S. Army Garrison Daegu's emergency response plans regarding Antiterrorism and Emergency Management. Participating were the USAG Daegu Fire Department (Directorate of Emergency Services), Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, 168th Multi-Function Medical Battalion, and the 188th Military Police Company.
"We wanted to test the responses and coordinated actions between USAG Daegu Fire Department, Military Police, 36th Sig. Bn. Quick Reactionary Forces, 168th Med. Bn., and the 188th MPs to ensure each entity can come together in the event of an emergency and react accordingly," said Dustin T. Welin, USAG Daegu emergency manager.
According to Welin, Area IV tests and validates its emergency management and or antiterrorism plans annually with a Full Scale Exercise. This particular exericse represented a full scale exercise in conjunction with the 36th Sign. Bn.
"36th Signal Battalion was scheduled to test some of its contingency plans and this provided an opportunity for Garrison and one of our tenant units to consolidate a major training exercise and bring resources together and validate Emergency Management and or Antiterrorism plans."
With great seriousness attached to the exercise, the USAG Daegu emergency manager explained how the exercise is evaluated upon completion.
"We use what is called the Exercise Evaluation Guidelines," Welin said. "The EEGs were developed by FEMA to help assess exercises by providing very specific criteria to help an observer assess an exercise. The EEGs cover a variety of exercise capabilities that need to be tested ranging from Communication to Shelter in Place to decontaminating personnel or equipment. Each checklist is very in-depth and detailed."
Welin went on to explain that in addition to the EEGs, USAG Daegu conducts After Action Reviews (AARS) to evaluate just how things went during the exercise.
"AARs are conducted at the end of each exercise scenario by all units involved," he said. "These AAR comments are captured and consolidated by DPTMS and included in a detailed report. Along with the AAR comments are specific steps to take to correct any identified deficiencies or shortcomings. This ensures that each year we capture what we do well and also identify what we need to work on and get a little better at."