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Operation Wright Plan

The Region 13 Task Force was formed as a federal pilot program to unify training, command structure, and pool resources for improved emergency readiness.   It is composed of 13 counties surrounding and including the City of Pittsburgh in Southwestern Pennsylvania and has been developing methods for inter-juristically management in emergency situations.  This includes executing various regional emergency exercises, such as the PNC Park and Arnold Palmer Regional Airport exercises.  Region 13 Emergency Response management requires a method to track personnel, assets, and other related resources before, during and after emergency operations.  Accurate and current “real-time” information is of critical importance for full utilization of emergency resources and for the protection of Emergency Responder (ER) personnel.  All information transmitted from the field should be relevant to operations, place no additional burden on field personnel, and be verifiable by multiple sources.

Currently, each of Region 13 counties and the City of Pittsburgh has installed Emergency Track Software (ETS) that maintains personnel registration information in discrete MS-Access databases.  The county databases contain personnel records for each emergency responder including: a picture, a barcode number, driver’s license number, job description, job related certifications and other pertinent information.  ETS is used to produce all County ID cards that are distributed to Region 13 Emergency Responder staff.

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Operation Scarlet Harvest

Since that time TDS has conducted a pilot program involving 300 emergency workers from all levels of government, representing all Region-13/Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Counties in an exercise titled: “Scarlet Harvest.”  Piloted was a new method of assigning user actions more quickly.  This exercise also extended TDS’ functionality beyond that successfully used in “Operation Wright Plan” exercise by adding software capabilities that managed “point of distribution” (POD) activities for the dispensing of medications to ERs, ER families and the general population. 

Operation Scarlet Harvest was a well scripted series of exercises, two years in the making that choreographed animals dying, county fair-goers getting sick and small-town hospitals getting inundated with patients.  Planned were for County and surrounding County emergency workers to converge into New Castle and Hickory in response, to contain the choreographed environmental crisis.  The multiphase exercise is part of periodic training for the region's emergency service departments, with a first-time focus on a biological event. Through a series of acts, with titles including "The Discovery", "The Fallout", and "The War Room" federal, state, municipal and county agencies get first-hand practice at coordinating a regional response to a potential catastrophe.

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SOCOM TILO COTS Experiment #C15: On-Demand Mobility

´╗┐The On-Demand Mobility experiment’s objective was to demonstrate the benefits of adding specially designed middleware to existing COTS systems and components to greatly increase levels of performance (bandwidth utilization improvements) to address ever increasing demands and requirements of the WarFighter and other mission-critical programs.  The demonstration showed how On-Demand Mobility middleware addresses common COTS deficiencies and provides an architectural processing solution that eliminates the gap between COTS software and DoD performance requirements. On-Demand Mobility enables WarFighter and other Homeland Defense/First Responder systems to incorporate a far greater number of existing and future mission-critical systems into currently installed COTS hardware components.

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