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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                     For More Information Contact: Friday, May 20, 2011                                                                                                                                                                 Press Office, 617-635-4461 

 Urban Shield: Boston to Test the Region’s First Responders

24-Hour Competition Will Host Exercises Throughout City and Region Culminating with a Simulated Major Terrorist Attack on Fort Point Channel

 WHEN:     TOMORROW!! Saturday, May 21

 WHERE/TIME:    

 Site: Fore River Shipyard, Quincy

Time: 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

What: Structural collapse and rescue

Teams: Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)

** Please call Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald (617-839-2315) to schedule an on-site interview

 Site: Winthrop Public Landing

Time: 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

What: Maritime interdiction with hostage

Teams: Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)

** Please call Boston Police media relations (617-343-4520) to schedule an on-site interview

 Site: New England Produce Center, Chelsea

Time: 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

What: Explosive device found inside a motor vehicle

Teams: Bomb Squads and K-9 Teams

** Please call Boston Police media relations (617-343-4520) to schedule an on-site interview

 Site: Boston Marine Industrial Park

Time: 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

What: Large-scale event similar to terrorist attacks in Mumbai

Teams: SWAT, USAR, Emergency Medical Services, Bomb Squads

** Please call Boston Police media relations (617-343-4520) to schedule an on-site interview

 WHAT:

 Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the City of Boston will host Urban Shield: Boston, a 24-hour large scale crisis management competitive training exercise that will begin tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM and will include teams from the City of Boston, Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island and Almeda County in California. The competition will assess each team’s ability to successfully respond to and manage multiple terrorist events and other emergencies occurring simultaneously throughout the Boston area.