We have a large number of security personnel at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station and they are among the most highly trained officers in the country. They attend fire range practice on a regular basis and must be qualified marksmen - a test they are given annually.
As a part of the rigorous training process for all security personnel, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, like all Entergy nuclear facilities, implements drills that are monitored and graded by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). This rigorous training is part of the reason that nuclear plants are regarded as the most secure industrial facilities in the nation. The training drills include:
These drills involve intensive exercises where plant security personnel are armed with special laser weapons (no ammunition is used) and body gear that will let the user know when he/she has been hit. During the exercise, former members of U.S. military special forces units attempt to infiltrate the facility and reach the most sensitive areas of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. These drills are as real-to-life as a drill can possibly be. Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has received superior ratings for each of the drills it has conducted.
In between the force-on-force drills, security personnel also participate in tabletop exercises on a quarterly basis. Tabletop drills gather responders, normally in separate locations, into a single room and asks them to respond to simulated events. This format allows responders to learn how their counterparts in other facilities perform actions and confront problems. In addition, the effort provides an opportunity for team building. Ongoing use of tabletop drills, such as those conducted during the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) pilot drill program, facilitate the development of key skills which would be used in response to security event-based scenarios.