Staff Sgt. Kasey A. Schmidt, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the 297th Area Support Medical Company at Rolling Chaos, said in response to the necessity of such an exercise,

This way the military and civilian sectors could talk to each other so that if something were to happen, we could work better together.

Schmidt added,

This is the only way we’re going to get to be able to see the inside of civilian ambulances, to see how the civilians work from the medical side of the house.

Colonel Anthony Dintcho of the California State Military Reserve.

This is the first time we’ve had the National Guard, a private institution, ambulance companies, sheriff and everybody together, to function as one unit.

Col. Dintcho

Now here, you have civilians, you have students, you have the state military reserve, you have a one star general, and the local sheriffs and fire department. You turn around and all of a sudden they’re all here. In a real situation that’s what’s going to happen, and everyone’s going to have to get along.

Eli Soto, Director of Veteran Affairs at Unitek Education

That’s what we’re really trying to address: communication between different agencies. The more practice you have, the better you are in understanding the whole dynamic.

Eric O’Neal, Unitek Education’s lead EMT instructor. O’Neal added,

The goal of this event is to educate our community, the agencies involved and mainly our students. We are giving these tactical teams who may not have the opportunity to work together, the chance to learn from each other so that when a real emergency like Loma Preita or Hurricane Sandy happens, we are all better prepared.

Congressman Eric Swalwell of California’s 15th District while witnessing the event

The dedication to the cause is pretty impressive. …it takes practice, practice, practice, and you hope that over time the hours of practice make you ready for when something like this happens.