BOISE -- Local law enforcement and members of the Idaho National Guard left for California on Thursday for a six day training event.
Urban Shield 2012 San Francisco is a multidiscipline exercise with participants from all over the U.S. Urban Shield focuses on Law Enforcement, Fire Department, Hazardous materials and Emergency Medical Service functions in both standard response scenarios as well as terrorism scenarios involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards.
Seven members of the Hazardous Materials Regional Response Team from Caldwell, Boise, Idaho Falls and Pocatello and three members of the Idaho National Guard 101st Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team will take part in the training.
The team from Idaho is the only joint civilian-military team participating.
"We're always looking to improve public safety and to better ourselves to respond to those incidents no matter what they are," said Terry Gammel with Caldwell Fire.
"We work around the state of Idaho in pretty much every community you can imagine to train with first responders to help them when real life situations come along," said Col. Tim Marsano with Idaho National Guard.
The teams will participate in six large scale training scenarios while they're in California.