Next ARPC Board Meeting
Thursday March 22, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
UF IFAS – North Florida Research & Education Center
155 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351
Tentative 2018 Board Meeting Schedule
May 17, 2018
July 19, 2018
September 20, 2018
November 15, 2018
The Florida Regional Council’s Association (FRCA) 2015-16 Annual Report is now available. The report provides a brief summary of the programs and projects that the Regional Planning Councils have worked on over the past fiscal year. The report’s framework is aligned with the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Six Pillars for Securing Florida’s Future. Learn about some of the interesting things that your RPCs do!
WASHINGTON, DC – The North Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force in partnership with the Apalachee Regional Planning Council, based in Tallahassee, Florida received a 2015 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for its 2014 full-scale exercise named Operation Deep Freeze.
The Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC) was the lead organization for the planning, development and conduct of a regional full-scale terrorism exercise for the North Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force. Planning for training exercise began in October of 2013 and continued for over six months. On April 23rd, ARPC staff facilitated a discussion-based tabletop exercise with senior level staff to prepare for the full-scale exercise. The full-scale exercise, named Operation Deep Freeze, took place on April 28th at multiple locations.
Regional first responders collaborated to respond to a simulated explosion at the Florida State University National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Actors that played the role of victims that had been badly burned by liquid nitrogen had to be rescued from the facility. Meanwhile, the regional Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) team deployed to an offsite demolished building. This provided an opportunity for the USAR team to have a true hands-on training experience through the actual extrication of victims (manikins) placed inside the structure prior to demolition.
A spinoff SWAT/Bomb Squad exercise was held in Live Oak on May 9th. The ARPC partnered with the North Central Florida RPC for assistance with the Live Oak component of the exercise. The exercises had well over 150 active participants and was the first regional exercise to incorporate the North Florida Fusion eXchange (NFFX). The NFFX is tasked with the receipt, analysis, gathering and sharing of threat-related information between the federal government and state, local and private sector partners.