Over the course of a week, the latest iteration of Raven’s Challenge, an improvised explosive device (IED) training exercise for state, federal and international public safety and military partners, brought together more than 100 people across the county from Oneida in New York this month. .
The State Preparedness Training Center, operated by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, hosted the exercise.
“Protecting New Yorkers is our top priority, and realistic training scenarios like these ensure our first responders have the skills they need to respond to a number of threats,” Governor Kathy Hochul said. “The training offered at Raven’s Challenge enables bomb disposal technicians here in New York, as well as across the country and abroad, to sharpen their skills and better deal with potential threats.”
New York is one of four sites to host the exercise this year, alongside Florida, Oklahoma and Utah. Funded by the Department of the Army and run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the program consisted largely of U.S. public safety squads and military explosive ordnance disposal. Participants from Canada and Germany also participated.
The event was scenario-based, focusing on tactics for responding to threats posed by explosive devices.