Regional SWAT Teams will test their core competencies in a number of challenging situations.  Tactical operators must have the ability to engage in a variety of dangerous situations including serving high risk search warrants, rescuing hostages, providing armed intervention, preventing terrorist attacks (foreign and domestic), and engaging heavily armed criminals who may or may not be prepared to surrender.  During the Urban Shield Exercise, Regional Law Enforcement Tactical Teams will be able to test their core competencies in the areas of domestic and international terrorist incidents, active shooters, hostage situations, multi-hazard environments, mass transportation incidents, breaching, intelligence gathering and planning, amongst others.  The exercise will minimally include the following scenarios:

Host Agency:  Boston Police Department

Terror attacks in Israel, Mumbai, Jakarta, Amman, among others indicate that hotels are substantial targets for terrorist attacks internationally, as well as here in the United States.  This exercise will test the ability to integrate regional SWAT Teams with private security personnel during an active shooter terrorist assault in a large hotel facility.  Teams will be evaluated on their ability to effectively interact with on-site security, quickly obtain critical information and properly use available security resources, while working within a large hotel environment.  Situational awareness will be maintained in the Incident Command Post with the use of the Taser Axon On-Officer Camera system and the Taser Mobile Command Vehicle.

Host Agency:  Winthrop Police Department

Since its discovery in 1614, the Boston Harbor has been an important port throughout America’s history.  The Port of Boston is the largest in Massachusetts and is a principal port on the east coast of the United States.  The port handles over 14 million metric tons of cargo annually, including 201,000 container TEUs.  Other major forms of cargo processed at the port include petroleum, liquefied natural gas, automobiles, cement, gypsum, and salt.  There are approximately 208,000 cruise ship passengers and 81 cruise ship visits each year.  In addition, the multiple ferry systems utilized throughout the Boston Harbor are part of the regional transit system that is rated Tier 1 high risk by the Transportation Security Administration.  This exercise will test the ability of tactical Teams to respond to and neutralize a threat aboard a commercial passenger ferry.  Teams will be evaluated on their ability to operate in a maritime environment, safely board, identify and neutralize threats, secure/re-direct the vessel in preparation for the arrival of follow-on-forces, and properly evacuate passengers.

Host Agency:  Cambridge Police Department

Local Universities have Departments of Nuclear Science and Engineering, which engage in research programs involving environmental degradation of materials, development of advanced materials for fusion applications, and development of materials for advanced reactor systems.  As a result, these are significant critical infrastructure concerns to the Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region (MBHSR). This scenario was designed as a result of the June 2010, Department of Homeland Security Roll Call Release, “(U//FOUO) Potential for Terrorist Acquisition of Chemical, Biological and Radiological Materials by a terrorist cell is of concern.”    Tactical teams will be evaluated on their ability to conduct a proper tactical deployment, secure and assess the incident scene, develop an appropriate action plan, and conduct a tactical entry to disarm, detain, or otherwise render harmless suspect(s) in an extremely hazardous environment.  A critical component of this exercise will be to evaluate tactical teams knowledge, skills and abilities related to functioning within a CBRNE environment.  Teams will be tested on their ability in donning and doffing appropriate PPE.  Teams will evaluate new technology by utilizing the Avon-FM53 Mask, Avonair Blower, and Avon Protection Gladiator H Communication Headsets, while wearing the Blauer WZ9435 XRT Class 3 Suit.

Host Agency: Everett Police Department

The Metro-Boston Region has the longest-operating LNG import facility in the United States.  The company’s terminal in plays a critical role in meeting New England’s energy needs.  This Terminal currently meets approximately 20 percent of New England’s annual natural gas demand. With connections into two interstate pipeline systems, as well as into a local distribution company’s system, the Terminal serves nearly all of the gas utilities in the region and key power producers, including a neighboring 1,550-megawatt power plant able to generate enough electricity for approximately 1.5 million homes in Greater Boston.  In addition, because New England lacks underground natural gas storage, the Terminal supplies LNG via truck to a network of 46 local, customer-owned LNG storage tanks around the region.  As a result, this facility is considered a critical infrastructure security concern for the entire Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region (MSHSR) and is included in the Urban Shield Exercise.   The scenario will test the ability to integrate regional SWAT Teams with private security personnel during an active shooter terrorist assault on the facility.  The scenario will present a fusion of public and private issues when mutually responding to emergency situations. Teams will be evaluated on their ability to effectively interact with on-site security, quickly obtain critical information and properly use available security resources.

Mass Casualty EMS Response with Tactical Protection
Host Agency: Brookline Police Department


This scenario will test the ability of EMS personnel to provide mass casualty triage and expedient field treatment of multiple casualties while law enforcement tactical Teams provide protection, resulting in intra-agency and multi-discipline integration and coordination.  Tactical Teams will be evaluated on their ability to provide effective force protection to responding EMS personnel in an active shooter environment.  EMS personnel will be provided training prior to the scenario to better familiarize themselves with working in a “tactical” environment.  This will incorporate reviewing medical skills pertinent to this type of operation including the use of tourniquets, hemorrhage control with homeostatic agents, and rapid assessment and treatment techniques.  Teams will use and evaluate the Armored Mobility Inc. (AMI)-Mas-3818 Mobile Armored Shield, MSA Releasable Assault Vest (RAV), Z Medica Quick Clot, North American Response Products-Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT),Conterra-Medical Kit Bags, triage Lights-LED Identification Lights and Blackhawk-VTAC Slings during this scenario.