Urban Shield Training Exercise Comes to Boston This Weekend

Urban Shield Training Exercise Comes to Boston: Today, Thursday, May 1, 2014, Mayor Martin Walsh, Police Commissioner William Evans, Fire Commissioner John Hasson, along with other city officials from Boston and surrounding communities, gathered at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center to announce the start of Urban Shield Training – a 24 hour exercise - which is scheduled to kick off this weekend on Saturday at 8:00am and conclude on Sunday at 8:00am. The training – comprised of first responders from Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Quincy, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop – is designed to test the region’s ability to respond to a large scale, multi-location terrorist attack. The goal of the training is to test capabilities, enhance skills and instill confidence in all agencies participating in the exercise. This is third year Urban Shield Training – which is funded by the Department of Homeland Security - has been held in Boston and those who’ve participated in the training in previous years say the experience and education has been invaluable.      

Said Commissioner William Evans: “There’s no question that our officers are more prepared and confident in their abilities to respond to a large scale attack as a result of this training. Urban Shield works, it’s effective and we’re glad to be a part of it.”

During the exercise, residents should take note that emergency scenarios will be held at the following locations:

  • Old Lincoln School at 194 Boylston Street in Brookline
  • MIT Building at 195 Albany Street in Cambridge
  • Boston City Hall
  • MBTA Training Center at 20 Foundry Street in Boston
  • Boston Fire Training Academy
  • Boston Convention & Exhibition Center