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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INTEROPERABILITY COMMUNICATIONS EXERCISE (DICE)
JUNE 2009


PURPOSE OF EXERCISE: To test interoperability within and between a municipality (Sierra Vista, Arizona), a county (Cochise County), the state EOC (Arizona), FEMA (MERS, Texas) and United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM).


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The State of Arizona, Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA), Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) participated in the Department of Defense Interoperability Exercise (DICE) on 9-11 June, 2009.


The exercise was coordinated by the United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This field training exercise was designed to test all levels of interoperability from first responders and toNORTHCOM which provides defense support to civil authorities (DSCA).


DICE provides opportunity to test equipment, refine techniques, and practice procedures for communicating with federal, state, tribal, County, and city stakeholders. This year, the participants were USNORTHCOM, South Carolina National Guard, Texas National Guard and Arizona. Arizona was hosted by the Joint Interoperability

Test Center (JITC) at Ft Huachuca.


DICE 09 included a simulated hurricane on east coast, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosive events (CBRNE). In Arizona, the Master Scenario Event List (MSEL) included severe rainfall and flooding resulting in waste pollution threatening the water supply of several cities and towns in southeastern Arizona. In addition, a pipe bomb exploded in a chlorine tank and a small nuclear device was detonated at the Douglas Wal-Mart which compromised the border crossing between the United States and Mexico.


The challenge for ADEM was (1) operating all EOC operations from the communications vehicle (Bullfrog), (2) responding to requests made by Cochise County and (3) communicating our requests to FEMA. Most of these goals were accomplished.


The STACS® unit (Smart Tactical Advanced Communication System) worked very well. We used the EVDO all of day 2. The unit was located outside the Bullfrog and in full sun, ambient temperature of 96oF, 36oC. We disabled the EVDO for a short time forcing the unit to shift to INMARSAT BGAN satellite. After a very short delay, operations continued without interruption. One of our STACS units will be assigned to the Bullfrog and will become organic to that vehicle. Other ADEM STACS® units will be deployed regionally within the state.


Submitted by: Dr. Jerry Justus
Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs

San Diego Police -Missing Child Case -2011


•Command Truck was set up outside of the coverage area for Land Mobile Radio and cellular coverage.
•STACS® was used as the back-haul carrier for the Command Truck, providing access to the phone network, Internet, and Land Mobile Radio bridging for on-scene officers.

•STACS® was used extensively for 4 days until the case was solved.

•STACS® filled a vital communications gap for Voice and Data and supported real operations outside of the Land Mobile Radio & Cellular coverage areas.

Arizona's Largest Wildfire -"The Wallow Fire" June 2011


•The Arizona Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) was tasked with supporting many evacuees that were forced to leave their homes


•The State setup an "all in one" recovery center for evacuees to work with state agencies such as the Arizona Health Department, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Child Protective Services, Arizona Public

Service and private organizations like the American Red Cross.


•These agencies needed phone lines and access to data and the Internet at this large service center.


•STACS®became the primary means of Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) and Internet Access. These communications paths were successfully and economically provided for nearly one month.

Border Security Expo 2012:

Lt. General Honore (USA-Ret.) STACS production launch
2012-03-17 
Lt. Gen. Russel Honore (USA-Ret.)


In an announcement related to the introduction of the STACS® communication system by at the 2012 Border Security Expo, the company has announced that much-decorated Lt. General Russel Honore (Ret.) was slated to be present at the March 16 production launch of the STACS communications system at the ICO RALLY fabrication facility, which is located in Ontario, CA.


Lt. General Honore, considered the “ICON of Preparedness, was the 33rd commanding general of the U.S. First Army at Fort Gillen, GA. He was also head of Joint Task Force Katrina, responsible for coordinating military relief efforts across the Gulf of Mexico following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. In a prior assignment, he was 2nd Infantry Division Commander while stationed in Korean.


General Honore also wrote a best-selling book, published in 2009, titled “Survival: How Being Prepared Can Keep You and Your Family Safe.”


With regard to the STACS® system, General Honore has been quoted as not only endorsing the technology, but also stating that “Every municipality and emergency management agency in the United States should be required to have one of these in their possession immediately.”

FEMA Team Evaluation Results
Piney Point, Maryland
July 2015

Training & Evaluation Review

1. Was the STACS® system assembled and operational® in less than 5 minutes?

Yes _X_ No____ More Training ____

2. Was STACS® easy to Assembly? Could a trained Field Agent or First Responder assemble STACS® within minutes?

Yes _X_ No____ More Training ____

3. Is STACS® easy to deploy? Could a trained Field Agent or First Responder deploy and operate STACS® within minutes?

Yes _X_ No____ More Training ____

4. Was the product ONE primary component & designed for the environment, rugged and field worthy and provide a minimum of 12 hours of continuous operation?

Yes _X_ No____ More Training ____

5. Did the system provide broad options regarding number of users and STACS® to STACS® communication? Yes _X_ No____ More Training ____

6. Were you informed about the ROIP capability and the available Notebook bridging Client?

Yes _X_ No____ More Training ____

7. Were you informed that Android hand held devices were available versus the SIP phones quoted?

Yes _X_ No____ More Training ____

8. Do you have confidence that the STACS® team can provide required support?

Yes _X_ No____ More Training ____

9. Did STACS® provide relevant Past Performances?

Yes _X_ No____ More Training ____

10. Were you informed that STACS® optimizes Satellite bandwidth reducing call costs by 70%?

Yes _X_ No____ More Training ____

11. Would you recommend deployment to the Field offices if there was a need for Incident Mgt. Assistance Team (IMAT) to have a quick deployment interoperable option?

Yes _X_ No____ More Training ____

New Jersey Shore Chooses STACS

 

Lessons Learned In the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy for:

Ocean County Command Post

To: Mike Lindsey, TubacFire Department, Tubac, AZ
Date: May 9, 2013
From: Dean McAlister, LSC1


I wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation for the use of the TubacFire Department’s “STACS”® (Smart Tactical Advanced Communications System) box on the Soldier Basin Fire. This system allowed us to have excellent electronic communications with Tucson Dispatch. As Logistics Chief I was able to send supply orders, general messages, and other written documents directly to Dispatch which eliminated the need to spend hours on the cell phone making calls to someone who would have had to transcribe the information. It also allowed me to directly access ROSS to track resource orders for the incident.


The “STACS”® gave the Fire Information folks immediate access to the internet for interacting with Inciweb, and Twitter to provide immediate and accurate fire information.


Whether the incident is a Type 3 or a Type 1, I can see an immediate need for a number of these units. I can assure you I will be ordering one the next time I go out to an incident which does not have existing internet and phone communication.

Worcester County, MassachusettsEmergency Backup Communications -October 2010 to Present


•The Worcester County Sheriff Department maintains a large communications vehicle for the purposes of redundant and/or event specific communications in the Worcester Area


•There are two (2) STACS® units on board to provide data and voice communications at any time regardless of any existing communications systems access


•STACS® systems have been made available at numerous events and will continue to provide voice and data communications no regardless of the circumstances

Haiti Earthquake Disaster -2010


•The extreme devastation destroyed all means of communication.


•STACS® was used as a Satellite back-haul communication delivered by the 82ndAirborne to assist in establishinga Command Center for providing disaster relief.


•STACS® provided a temporary phone network and Internet access in minutes for the on-scene officers.


•STACS® was used extensively for 10 days until temporary infrastructure was available.