Team Niagara holds multi-agency exercise

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Clark, EOD team leader, 914th Airlift Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, instructs various base first responder personnel on the removal of an EOD bomb suit at an exercise on Thursday, September 1, 2016. The exercise showcased interoperability of base and local first responder units in a simulated bomb attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Mekkri/released)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Clark, EOD team leader, 914th Airlift Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, instructs various base first responder personnel on the removal of an EOD bomb suit at an exercise on Thursday, September 1, 2016. The exercise showcased interoperability of base and local first responder units in a simulated bomb attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Mekkri/released)

Staff Sgt. Joseph Kulczyk begins the decontamination process during a drill on Thursday, September 1, 2016. The drill was a simulation involving multiple agencies showcasing interoperability on base in case a radioactive incident were to take place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Mekkri/released)

Staff Sgt. Joseph Kulczyk begins the decontamination process during a drill on Thursday, September 1, 2016. The drill was a simulation involving multiple agencies showcasing interoperability on base in case a radioactive incident were to take place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Mekkri/released)

Members of the 914th Airlift Wing Fire Department prepare to enter a decontamination station as part of an exercise on Thursday, September 1, 2016. The exercise showcased interoperability of base and local first responder units in a simulated bomb attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Mekkri/released)

Members of the 914th Airlift Wing Fire Department prepare to enter a decontamination station as part of an exercise on Thursday, September 1, 2016. The exercise showcased interoperability of base and local first responder units in a simulated bomb attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Mekkri/released)

NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION --

On Thursday, September 1, 2016 agencies from various base and community organizations came together, on base, for a hazardous materials exercise.

Around 9 a.m., Base security forces members “found” a suspicious package, kicking off the training. The exercise showcased the interoperability of base and local first responder units in a simulated “dirty bomb” scenario.

Staff Sgt. Joseph Kulczyk, EOD team member, 914th Airlift Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, was a participant in the exercise. His role was to follow from a safe distance as the EOD team chief approached the bomb.

If anything were to happen to the team chief,” Kulczyk said, “if he gets injured or blown up, I’d rush in drag him to a safe area and take him to the decontamination area.”

Kulczyk said that EOD practices an exercise like this on an annual basis but that this is the first time, to his knowledge, where so many contributing agencies were involved.

Participating members included 914th Security Forces, Fire Department, Civil Engineer Emergency Management, Explosive Ordnance Disposal units and the Niagara County HAZ-MAT team.