Florida IMATeam Puts Skills to Test in Joint Exercise

Osceola County, Fl—The Salvation Army’s Incident Command (IC) was thrown a curve ball this afternoon when a canteen and two disaster service workers became a crucial part of the FBI’s terrorism exercise. When Douglas Corwin (Melbourne Corps) and Lance Rocks (Tampa Divisional Disaster Department) went on a routine Emergency Responder hydration run, they found it to be anything but “routine.”

In a coordinated joint exercise with the FBI and Florida National Guard, The Salvation Army’s Incident Management Assessment Team (IMAT) was put to the test to identify what went wrong and how a tragedy of this magnitude could be prevented in a “real-life” situation. As the smoke cleared and the phones began to ring inside the Mobile Command Unit, news came in that a canteen had been involved in an explosion critically injuring players involved.

Kevin Smith, Director of Emergency Disaster Services for the Florida Division of The Salvation Army stated, “Joint exercises like this allow us to respond more effectively in real life events caring for our team members while maintaining service to survivors.”

The Salvation Army National Disaster Training Program includes a curriculum of classroom training and functional exercises to create local response teams that help people in their time of need. Individuals can learn more about this exciting training program by logging on to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/training.

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The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.