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Konfitma 18 full-scale exercise to be conducted on Saipan and Rota

(Press Release) — The Office of the Governor, CNMI Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management or HSM, in coordination with the U.S. Army Pacific  Weapons of Mass Destruction out of Hawaii, USA along with Civil Support Teams from the following jurisdictions: 10th CST (Washington), 94th WMD-CST (Guam), 85th CST (Utah), 93rd CST (Hawaii) and the 45th CST (Tennessee) will be conducting Konfitma 18, HSEM’s annual full-scale exercise during the week of Aug.14-17, 2018.

Multiple Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives-related scenarios will be simulated for first responders to act upon on the islands of Saipan and Rota. In certain instances, events may occur simultaneously which may cause first responding agencies to break out into separate teams. “This will be good exercise for the CNMI. Konfitma is where and when first responders can effectively identify gaps and determine where faulty operating procedures are, so it can be adjusted accordingly,” states CNMI Homeland Security & Emergency Management acting special assistant, Pedro A. Leon Guerrero.

At this time, HSEM wishes to inform the public to expect an increase in first responding-related activities and traffic that include but will not be limited to explosions, heavier flow of emergency vehicle operations and the sounding off of sirens throughout the week. Although the general public is being provided advanced notice, HSEM maintains the stance on public awareness, “If you see something, say something.” HSEM encourages the communities of Saipan and Rota to please remain vigilant and report any suspicious occurrences in case activities may be happening unrelated to Konfitma 18.

Agencies expected to participate along with HSEM and the Army are the Department of Public Safety, Department of Fire & Emergency Medical Services, Commonwealth Ports Authorit, the Ports Police, CNMI Customs, the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, the Public School System,  the Aircraft & Rescue Fire Fighters, the Bureau of Environmental & Coastal Quality, the Department  of Land & Natural Resource-Division of Fish & Wildlife, the Marianas Regional Fusion Center Node, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Transportation Security Administration, the Courts of Justice U.S. Marshals Office, the Federal Protective Services and the U.S. Navy HSC 25 (Guam).

CNMI HSEM and the Army share a mutual appreciation. “It’s always an honor and privilege to be here to train with the CNMI Government. In terms of why we train for all disasters, it is far better and smarter to be prepared in advance through education, training, and validations of our response plans to help us mitigate whatever disaster we face in a timely manner to prevent a costly recovery,” says Ray Toves, director for the Army’s Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team Training and Readiness Division.

Konfitma dates back to June 2010 as an all-hazards Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives environment threat-based training designed to test an agency’s capabilities, policies and procedures including existing memorandums of understanding and/or agreements. Full-scale exercises are the most complex type of exercises involving multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional and multi-organizational participation and coordination constructed to validate several facets of preparedness. These exercises present opportunities to assist in implementing organizations’ current emergency plans by identifying capability and interoperability gaps.

For more information on Konfitma 18 or any media inquiries, contact Nadine C. Deleon Guerrero, HSEM external Affairs officer, at ncdlg@cnmihsem.gov.mp.