Apr 20, 2015
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Some local residents have asked for an update on that dirty bomb drill in Richmond on April 11 that involved more than 100 members of the California National Guard.

The exercise indeed occurred at the  facility shared by the Richmond and El Cerrito fire departments at 3506 Cutting Blvd., according to City Manager Bill Lindsay’s report.

mockdirty.4-20Soldiers and airmen belonging to the California National Guard’s 49th Military Police Brigade, based in Fairfield, took part in the daylong exercise, along with local law enforcement and fire personnel.

Briefings were conducted and incident action plans were created to deal with the dirty bomb attack, according to Linday’s newsletter.

mockdirty.4-20-1The various agencies had their members trained in response and also learned the roles they must play in the event of an attack.

“An incident of this magnitude requires multiple agencies working jointly over extended periods of time, and involves a considerable amount of organizing of resources at various government levels,” the city manager’s report stated.

dirtybomb.4-20-1The photos from the report were provided by the National Guard’s Facebook page.



About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.