ASP/PVSP CRT members training for the Urban Shield Event at the Alameda County Regional Training Center.

ASP/PVSP CRT members training for the Urban Shield Event at the Alameda County Regional Training Center.

By Lt. Mike Tuntakit, AA/Public Information Officer
Avenal State Prison

ASP/PVSP CRT members training for the Urban Shield Event at the Alameda County Regional Training Center.

ASP/PVSP CRT members training for the Urban Shield Event at the Alameda County Regional Training Center.

Crisis Response Team members from Avenal State Prison (ASP) and Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) are training hard for Urban Shield, a massive multi-agency training exercise slated for September 2016.

ASP/PVSP Crisis Response Team has been active in the community assisting agencies in gang sweeps, warrant services, and working with Fresno’s Multi Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC) to eradicate gang and violent crimes.

Now the team has been invited to participate in the 2016 Urban Shield, a full-scale regional preparedness exercise. The event assesses the overall response capabilities of first responders, including their planning, policies, procedures, organization, equipment and training. The exercise evaluates the existing level of preparedness and capabilities, identifying not only what groups do well, but areas in need of improvement.

The exercise consists of the highest caliber first responders including SWAT teams, fire agencies and explosive ordnance disposal agencies.

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Learn more about the exercise, https://www.urbanshield.org/

ASP/PVSP CRT members training for the Urban Shield Event at the Alameda County Regional Training Center.

ASP/PVSP CRT members training for the Urban Shield Event at the Alameda County Regional Training Center.