• WHERE: Manchester, NH

  • WHO: Manchester PD, Hospital

  • WHEN: 2018

  • WHAT: Full Scale Exercise

OVERVIEW: OGL conducted a full-scale active shooter exercise for the City of Manchester, NH at the South New Hampshire University (SNHU) Arena to test communication and coordination proceeds between responding entities.

The Olson Group, Ltd. (OGL) led the design, development, and conduct of Complex Coordinated Attack (CCA) Full Scale Exercise (FSE) for the City of Manchester at the SNHU Arena. The exercise was conducted to test local coordination to a mass casualty incident during a large special event. Participants included participants across multiple sectors such as City of Manchester, SNHU Arena, Elliot Hospital, Catholic Medical Center, Elliot at River's Edge and Elliot at Bedford clinic. 


  • WHERE: Dallas-Fort Worth region


  • WHEN: 2014

  • WHAT: Full Scale Exercise

  • OVERVIEW: OGL developed and conducted a three day terrorist attack scenario exercise that included dozens of agencies around the Dallas-Fort-worth Region aimed at testing regional response and coordination.

The Olson Group, Ltd. (OGL) led the design, development, and conduct of BigX, 2016, a three-day CCTA oriented functional and full-scale exercise for the NCTCOG on behalf of its 240 local government members comprised of cities, counties, independent school districts, and special districts throughout the North Central Texas region. The region encompasses the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Urban Area Tier I UASI, home to two Federal USAR teams, and represents the 12th largest global metropolitan economy in the world. 3500 Emergency Management, SWAT, EOD, HazMat, USAR, Wildland Fire, CERT, Public Health, Hospital, Public Information, Communications, and Non-Government participants from 4 Federal Agencies, 3 state agencies, 45 local jurisdictions, 8 regional organizations, and 7 private sector entities participated in the three-day exercise.

Due to the size and scope of the exercise, OGL deployed supporting technologies to help manage and control the exercise including redundant exercise control communications network consisting of a single number switchboard with extensions for the SIMCELL, Control Cell and Site Controllers and a push-to-talk smartphone application, situational awareness and issue tracking, iPad-based evaluations, and the ability autonomously monitor each exercise venue for changes in real-world threat with support from the Region’s fusion centers.


  • WHERE: Delaware - various statewide


  • WHEN: 2008 - present 

  • WHAT: Exercise series

  • OVERVIEW: OGL has led a series of exercises for various entities throughout the State of Delaware to include tabletop, functional, and full scale exercises.

OGL is the prime contractor supporting the Delaware Emergency ManagementAgency’s (DEMA’s) statewide exercise program. From the inception of the contract in 2008, OGL has designed, developed, conducted and evaluated more than 50 all-hazards Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) exercises, including tabletops, functionals and full-scales. OGL has also facilitated the state’s Training and Exercise Planning Workshops. The exercises have addressed a number of scenarios, including active shooter, CBRNE (specifically, terrorist use of improvised explosive and chemical devices) terrorism, building collapse and hurricanes. Two Full-Scale IED aviation exercises have been conducted for Wilmington Airport to meet FAA
requirements, and another at the Port of Wilmington, testing response to a major hazardous materials event. OGL has supported exercises at the State, county and city level. In addition, DEMA directed OGL to support the development and conduct of several exercises for the multi-state Delmarva Emergency Task Force, addressing issues associated with pre- and post-landfall of a hurricane on the region. OGL has also used the exercise and workshop format to help cities and counties in the state define and correct gaps in response and incident management plans.


  • WHERE: Washington, DC

  • WHO: Washington Metro Police, HSEMA

  • WHEN: 2016 

  • WHAT: Full Scale Exercise

  • OVERVIEW: OGL developed and conducted a multi-agency/multi-incident full scale exercise with two dozen SWAT teams within the Washington, DC region.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Subcommittee held a full-scale exercise on April 26, 2017 to test the National Capital Region (NCR) Coordinated Tactical Response Plan. This exercise was the second exercise in the 2016- 2017 NCR SWAT Exercise Series and was preceded by a tabletop exercise in the fall of 2016. A total of 24 tactical teams from across the National Capital Region staged at three locations and responded to a complex coordinated attack at six different sites in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. At each of the incident sites, responding teams encountered a variety of threat scenarios, including active threats, ambushes, hostages, barricades, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).