Port of Jacksonville Uses Simulation For Terror Threat Training
ORLANDO, Fla. — Environmental Tectonics Corporation (AMEX:ETC) ("ETC" or the "Company") today announced that on August 3, 2006, the Port of Jacksonville, Florida (Jaxport) utilized the Advanced Disaster Management Simulator (ADMS) to conduct an exercise with both the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and Port Security personnel.
This second exercise follows a successful pilot program in April, funded through a contract from the University of Central Florida's Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation. The incident involved a terrorist bombing of a major commercial bulk and container terminal at Jaxport. ADMS allowed Jaxport responders to exercise their emergency plans under joint command utilizing NIMS (National Incident Management System) protocol.
Preparedness and the Need for Simulation
Major seaports have been identified as security threats and the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 prescribed standards and mandated continued improvement for Port Security. Understanding the dynamic threats, vulnerabilities, and best response actions during adverse events in a port environment is a very complex challenge. ADMS is the world's only virtual reality simulation trainer to be used to perform a vulnerability assessment and validation of a major seaport's emergency response and evacuation plan. High fidelity, interactive simulation offers a proven method to provide cost-effective disaster management experience; and, the best way to develop and verify crisis control and recovery plans.
ETC was selected for this critical program for two reasons:
- The unique capabilities of ADMS to provide a realistic, affordable, safe and efficient experience
- ETC's expertise in conducting such exercises for major world airports over the last 12 years.
Officer William Speiser of Jacksonville Sheriff's Dept. commented, "I am very impressed with the level of training that we can get using this system. ADMS lets us virtually use our own vehicles and equipment, implement our plans and stress our people and communication system securely, and without putting anyone in danger. And we can do it again and again!"
ADMS simulates emergency incidents such as terrorist acts, weapons of mass destruction, hazardous material spills, multi-vehicle road accidents, fires and natural disasters and trains responders in the four C's of disaster management: Command, Control, Coordination and Communication of disaster management. ADMS authentically simulates the dynamic elements of the environment (people, vehicles, threats) that are significant in a disaster situation - and the outcomes of actions taken provide authentic feedback, resulting in real skill building. For over a decade, ADMS has been in use at US Airports and major firefighting and emergency response training facilities worldwide, and is an industry-proven and mature solution for optimal emergency preparedness.
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