For 48 hours straight the weekend of 10/24-25/2009, a bunch of One Worlders and friends of One World will compete in Urban Shield 2009. It's a 48 hour non-stop competition for 27 SWAT teams from all over the world. The event is hosted by the Alameda County Sheriffs Office. Teams are evaluated on how they deal with 25 different scenarios which take place all over the San Francisco Bay Area.
A quick description from the Urban Shield website:
"Urban Shield 2009 will challenge the skills and determination of the competing teams by testing their tactical skills in a series of real life scenarios. We have chosen specific locations that replicate identified problem areas and Tier 1 Critical Infrastructure sites within the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Each participating tactical, Fire,& EMS team will be provided with state of the art technology and or weaponry. The teams will be challenged to successfully complete a multitude of scenarios and will be provided an opportunity to use their issued equipment under simulated real-world conditions. Our goal is to assess overall tactical, Fire, & EMS skills while testing emergency equipment which is currently in service.
Please join us in this challenging and rewarding effort. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office along with our Co-Host, The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is proud to host this unique training exercise again this year with generous support from the Bay Area SUASI Program. This event is funded by Homeland Security Grant funds."
Check out a video from last years event:
Here are a few folks you may recognize from last years event:
JD (Alameda County Sheriff's Office) having fun!
Roman (Alameda County Sheriff's Office)...a tactical machine
Ken Gemmell (Alameda County Sheriff's Office). Damn I miss him being at the 6:30 am session!
Jolie Gentry, David Lee, Jeff Mapes, Darryl Manrique, and the rest of Newark SWAT. It is an 8 man competition. Newark rolled in with only 6 operators and took 4th place. Badass!!!!!
2008 Union City operators at our very first scenario. It was a rough weekend for our team, but this year is going to be better. Preparation is the key! Best wishes to my fellow One Worlders on this years team: Kirk, Stan, Josh, and Czar. WE CAN DO THIS!!!
Sincere best wishes to all the teams participating in the event.
Coach's Corner: You are trying to get your max clean in seven attempts. Rest at least 3 minutes before each attempt. Take as long as you want and as many sets as you want to warm up.
Big guys lifting big weight.... Gotta love it! BTW- To convert kilograms to pounds, just mutiply kilograms by 2.2