Multiple agencies are converging on the Port of Tacoma this morning to practice finding and disposing of improvised explosive devices.
The counter-terrorism exercises will take place along the Blair Waterway starting around 9:30 a.m. It is funded through a Department of Homeland Security grant for the Port Security Grant program.
“The purpose of the exercise is to demonstrate how agencies and companies will respond together to a potential terrorism threat within the Port of Tacoma,” according to a Pierce County news release. “It will also evaluate the improved interoperable communications between the agencies.”
Participants include the Port, Tacoma police and fire, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Pierce County Emergency Management, South Sound 911, U.S. Coast Guard, state Department of Ecology, FBI, the State Patrol’s bomb squad and the U.S. Department of Energy, among others.