Capt. Daniel Fay (center) and Maj. Patrick Birbeck (right), both with the Oregon National Guard’s 102 Civil Support Team, evaluate first responders reacting to a simulated bioterrorism attack at the Armed Forces Reserve Center during the Portland Area Capabilities Exercise (PACE) Setter at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., May 22. (Photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
A number of regional agencies participated in a simulated bioterrorism attack exercise to evaluate interagency and regional response at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., May 22.
The Portland Area Capabilities Exercise (PACE) involved agencies from Clackamas, Clark, Washington, Multnomah and Columbia Counties. The purpose of the PACE Setter exercise is to test regional and interagency response to public health incidents affecting multiple agencies.
The exercise brought together several agencies, including Clackamas Fire District #1, the fire departments of Canby, Gladstone and Boring, American Medical Response, Metro West Ambulance, Lifeflight, Clackamas County Medical Examiner, The American Red Cross, Clackamas County's Office of Emergency Management, and Department of Communications.