At a training location near Launch Complex 39 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, members of the Emergency Response Team, or ERT, participate in specialized training simulations in order to keep their skills current. They are wearing full protective gear and carrying non-lethal firearms, which are denoted in blue, for the training exercises. Often, ERT leadership serves as simulated suspects to add realism to the training exercises.
Recently, eight members of the ERT competed in the 31st Annual SWAT Roundup International competition in Orlando, Fla., and received recognition by placing in the top five overall. In keeping with NASA’s commitment to safety and security of workforce and assets, the ERT is part of Kennedy’s security team and is trained to respond in the event of an emergency at the center. Photo credit: NASA/Daniel Casper