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Multiple agencies prepare for a catastrophe

Deputy Sector commander Robert McFarland Deputy Sector commander Robert McFarland

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Preparing for a catastrophe. Police, SWAT teams, and firefighters made Honolulu Harbor ground zero on Tuesday.

Armed and ready to take on any threats to homeland security. The exercise happened at Pier 19 and its purpose was to test existing security response plans, communications and law enforcement procedures.

In a drill, a crew from Honolulu Police Department's Specialized Services Division prepares to disarm an improvised explosive device in a building.

They were able to complete this task with the help of a robot and in another task, a group of Coast Guardsmen made sure a boat was safe enough for others to jump on-board.

"We all have authorities, personnel, we all have resources, how do we best coordinate that, so what we get the most out of that is relationships and some networking and a better understanding of how we operate to better provide a service for the community," U.S. Coast Guard Deputy Sector commander Robert McFarland said.

Nearly 10 different agencies took part in this exercise. Authorities kept tight lipped about the details of it due to its sensitive nature.

This combined effort is done once every quarter. Each exercise though, takes on a new task.

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