2015 - September, Big Yellow Exercise, Mossville

2015 - September, Big Yellow Exercise, Mossville
2015 - September, Big Yellow Exercise, Mossville
2015 - September, Big Yellow Exercise, Mossville
2015 - September, Big Yellow Exercise, Mossville
2015 - September, Big Yellow Exercise, Mossville
2015 - September, Big Yellow Exercise, Mossville
2015 - September, Big Yellow Exercise, Mossville
2015 - September, Big Yellow Exercise, Mossville
2015 - September, Big Yellow Exercise, Mossville
2015 - September, Big Yellow Exercise, Mossville
2015 - September, Big Yellow Exercise, Mossville
2015 - September, Big Yellow Exercise, Mossville
2015 - September, Big Yellow Exercise, Mossville
2015 - September, Big Yellow Exercise, Mossville

During two days in September, ten IMT members participated at a Caterpillar Facility Full Scale Exercise in Mossville.  IMT was among 26 organizations invited by the Peoria County Healthcare Preparedness Coalition to participate in the important event.  The simulated scenario was a commercial airliner crash landing on a nearby state highway and next to a large occupied Caterpillar office building. IL-IMT member Troy Erbentraut was the Exercise Planning Team Co-Director and was key in getting us invited and providing us a significant role in the event. In addition Steve Roegge served as part of the local response command group and then assisted the team as a transfer of responsibilities to IMT occurred.  Team member Lindsey May provided further unique support as he serves in the facility security field with Caterpillar and has a very good relationship with many of the company officials.  He served as the IMT Public Information Officer and integrated effectively with the regional PIO team which was led by Caterpillar staff.  We were well represented, well prepared and performed at a high level of competency. The exercise was designed around Caterpillar facilities and they were the primary private sector partner.  This event was the capstone to a functional exercise conducted at the facility last year and a tabletop exercise the previous year.  This was a unique opportunity to show how well we can work not only with our public sector partners but private as well.  Several members were able to complete numerous tasks in Position Task Books and a team evaluation was completed using an Exercise Evaluation Guide. The ultimate assessment is always measured by how receptive the local responders are.  In this case the local Fire Chief remarked he appreciated IMT support and would request our assistance anytime any incident exceeded the scope of local responder's to maintain a sustained response.