SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — EMS workers from Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Weestfield Cranford, Clark and other towns in Union County converged at the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad on Saturday to train on the latest in mass casualty equipment.

"Goal is to train everyone to use the equipment and work as a team," said Rich Biedrzycki, EMS chief of the Elizabeth Fire Dept, who oversaw the training.

The Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) program is designed to enhance regional preparedness in major metropolitan areas. UASI funds multi-discipline planning, operations, equipment and training related to mass injury/casualty events, terrorism prevention, response, and recovery.

The Jersey City/Newark UASI includes the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, and Union. The mission of the Jersey City/Newark UASI is to ensure the sustainment and enhancement of counterterrorism capabilities and planning for and responding to catastrophic events.