SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Shore Force Training Center (SFTC) commemorated yet another milestone with the graduation of their 1800th student during the conclusion of a Regional Operations Center Operations (ROC-OPS) course held Oct. 22.
Randy Morgan, CNIC Training and Readiness Program Director, was on hand to present Les Dunlap, NRSW N-3 Business Manager with a certificate and a commemorative plaque.
ROC-OPS is a week-long course consisting of four days of classroom curriculum and a final day of real-time scenarios.
The course simulation gave the students an opportunity to learn how to plan and respond logistically during emergency situation.
"I've been in the ROC during various emergency response exercises; however, this was my first time as a participant, and I think the training was very good," said Dunlap.
"Today we simulated an exercise in Region Northwest and supported flooding on the Columbia River," he said. "If there were fires in the San Diego area, we would stand-up the base-level EOC (Emergency Operations Center) as sources of support to this area. Here at the ROC, we will be responsible for this coordination."
In addition to assisting with the housing of personnel and transporting of necessary supplies, Dunlap's new position within ROC will play a pivotal role during future exercises.
As a result of previous exercises, student voiced a concern and need for a full-time support person to track requests as bases or individual submit Request for Support (RFS) forms. Dunlap will head the team responsible for tracking this process.
"We most recently restructured the way we train to ensure we are [in compliance] with NIMS (National Incident Management System)," said Cmdr. Steve Starboard, NRSW deputy operations officers.
"Today's scenario was a functional way to test our new set-up and I think everyone learned more about their roles during incident management, and how to respond during an earthquake, fire or terrorist attack," he added.
Commander, Navy Installation Command (CNIC) opened the doors of the Shore Force Training Center (SFTC) Oct. 2008 to serve as the Navy's primary Emergency Management learning center and exercise hub.
The goal of SFTC is to standardize, align and synchronize emergency operations training for the shore establishment. SFTC facilitates courses which include the Emergency Operations Center - Incident Management Team (EOC-IMT) course, the Installation Training Officer (ITO) course, the Emergency Manager (EM) course, the Regional Operations Center Operations (ROC-OPS) course, and the Crisis Action Planning (CAP) course.
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