Burbank and Glendale officials on Wednesday participated in a countywide demonstration of how regional agencies would communicate after the detonation of an improvised nuclear device.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security worked with the local agencies in Burbank, which served as the backdrop for Operation Golden Phoenix-2010 — a culmination of four months of training sessions.
The Los Angeles County Operational Area serves 15 million people in 88 cities and more than 200 special districts, including schools, sanitation and water districts, making it the largest in the state.
Simulating the danger posed in the event of the detonation of a 10-kiloton improvised nuclear device in Los Angeles, firefighters, hazardous material units, law enforcement, public health departments and emergency managers came together to coordinate communication and share critical information.
Burbank was chosen for the only live demonstration in the county because of its dedicated hazardous materials team and the information-sharing that already exists between Glendale and Burbank, officials said.