Photos taken by LACoFD Fire Captain Tony Imbrenda.
On Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday May 2, 2019, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) hosted the “Southern Wind” exercise at the Del Valle Training Center in Castaic.
The full-scale drill, produced through the Federal Emergency Management Agency Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Branch and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, was held to evaluate and improve the emergency preparedness of the state’s USAR task forces.
For two days, the LACoFD’s California Task Force 2 (CA-TF2) trained alongside its regional USAR team counterparts, including the Orange County Fire Authority (CA-TF5), Riverside Fire Department (CA-TF6) and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (CA-TF8).
This particular simulated exercise involved the detonation of a radiological dispersal device — or a “dirty bomb”.