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Request for Proposal: Region 6 LEPC Regional Full Scale Exercise Project Featured

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Region 6 Local Emergency Planning Committee
Regional Full Scale Exercise Project

The Region 6 Local Emergency Planning Committee (hereafter also referred to as the LEPC) requests proposals from firms or individuals with emergency management, Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) exercise design & facilitation, and hazardous materials planning and response experience.  The LEPC intends to contract with a qualified firm or individual to provide the services required to complete one (1) Full Scale Hazardous Materials Transportation Response exercise using a scenario based on products identified in the After Action Reports from the previous tabletop exercises. The contractor will follow the HSEEP process including written After Action Reports and Improvement Plans (AAR/IP) for the exercise. The expected outcome of this project is to test mutual aid capabilities and communications, to include but not limited to the nine (9) counties in the Region 6 LEPC and contracted HazMat teams. Upon completion, all documents related to this project are the sole possession of Region 6 LEPC.  Any interested party or parties may request consideration for this project by submitting a proposal to the Region 6 LEPC as outlined herein.


In addition to directly soliciting interested parties, a formal Request for Proposals (i.e., RFP) shall be posted on the Iowa Emergency Management Association website for a minimum of two weeks and until the RFP submission deadline.

Interested parties may request additional information regarding this RFP by contacting:

            Scott Hansen, EMA Coordinator
            Benton County Emergency Management
            213 2nd Avenue
            Vinton, Iowa  52349-1775
            Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
            Phone:  319-472-4519


The Region 6 LEPC is a nine (9) county regional organization whose purpose is to improve the hazardous materials planning and response capabilities of its members.  The membership of the LEPC includes mostly rural counties (Benton, Buchanan, Cedar, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Fayette, Jackson, and Jones) bordered by five (5) of the highest populated counties in Iowa. These larger urban counties contain a large number of agricultural processing and heavy equipment manufacturing industries which transport chemicals to and from their facilities. 

The Region 6 LEPC completed a regional Commodity Flow Study in 2015, followed by a regional Capabilities Assessment/Gap Analysis Study in 2016 which identified the current level of Hazardous Material training and response equipment inventory for each responding agency. The collection of information related to hazardous materials was used as a basis for four (4) Tabletop exercises.

It is the LEPC’s intent in completing this exercise to strengthen the Region’s planning and response capabilities. The contractor will compile a comprehensive AAR/IP report, which will be used to update the regional ESF-10 and provide direction for future planning and training programs.


It is the intent of the Region 6 LEPC to contract with a qualified individual or firm to provide the services required to complete one (1) Full Scale Hazardous Materials Transportation Response exercise. This exercise scenario will be based on after action reports from the previous table top exercises. As envisioned, this project will include completion of the following tasks:

  • The approved contractor will meet with the Region 6 LEPC to review the after action reports and determine the scenario for this exercise, develop exercise design and message injects, and identify the location and date to host the exercise.
  • This exercise is based upon a long term event utilizing mutual aid from multiple area response agencies and their communication capabilities and multiband interoperability.
  • The contractor will develop the exercise based on the HSEEP guidance and submit to the Region 6 LEPC Chairperson for review and approval.
  • The contractor will conduct the approved Full Scale exercise and will be responsible for writing an
  • After Action Report (AAR) and Improvement Plan (IP) for the exercise. The contractor will submit the AAR/IP to the Region 6 LEPC Chairperson within three weeks after the exercise for review and approval. The AAR/IP will be used to guide the Region 6 LEPC in our ongoing planning and training goals.
  • These documents will be completed and submitted to the Region 6 LEPC Chairperson on or before April 30, 2019.


At a minimum, the LEPC expects that this project will result in the following:

  • The contractor will work closely with the Region 6 LEPC members to produce the most beneficial exercise.
  • Uniformity in standards, definitions, guidelines, protocols, and presentation will be established in conformity with the existing HSEEP standards.
  • The project will be completed on time and within budget.


The contractor shall provide the Region 6 LEPC with the following deliverables:

  • One (1) HSEEP compliant Full Scale exercise scenario including but not limited to identified Core Capabilities, Goals & Objectives, a Master Scenario Events List (MSEL), message injects, and Controller & Evaluator documents.
  • One (1) comprehensive AAR/IP.

The contractor shall also provide to each LEPC member County EMA, one (1) electronic copy on a memory stick and one hard copy of the above stated deliverables. In addition, one (1) other electronic copy is required for submission to Iowa Homeland Security Emergency Management.


The LEPC intends to evaluate all proposals through the review of applicant qualifications, experience, expertise, project approach, implementation approach, timeline and project costs.  The goal of the evaluation process will be to select the firm/consultant/organization that is best capable of performing the requirements of the project on time and within budget, and of meeting the needs of the LEPC.

The selected contractor must be available to begin work on the project October 1, 2018 and must be completed with the project on or before April 30, 2019.

The applications will be reviewed prior to the regularly scheduled January 9, 2018 Region 6 LEPC meeting. Information from these RFP’s will be used for a HMEP grant application for FY19. A formal decision will be made at a later meeting and all applicants will be notified of the decision via e-mail.  All decisions and selections of the LEPC shall be final and not subject to appeal. It should also be noted the LEPC maintains the right to reject any and all proposals submitted to it for consideration.

Please do not attempt to contact any staff or officials of the Region 6 LEPC outside of this RFP selection process.


Proposals shall be made based on the information contained in this Request for Proposals.  Minimally, the proposal should address the following elements:

  1. Project approach
  2. Recommended Scope of Work
  3. Proposed level of effort (i.e., Proposed hours and costs) required to accomplish each key element of the Scope of Work
  4. Anticipated timeline for completion of the Scope of Work
  5. Credentials of the staff who will work on the project
  6. Total cost of the project, guaranteed through April 30, 2019
  7. Any exceptions to the RFP requirements, including areas that may be subject to negotiation.


Additional information concerning the firm or individual consultant may be submitted in support of the selection process.  Information may include references, brochures, educational information, organizational data, and summaries of previous work, etc.  It is requested that this information be kept brief and concise.  Please keep the submittal of additional materials to one inch or less in thickness and formatted to standard letter size (i.e., 8 1/2 x 11) paper.


The successful applicant will be required to sign and comply with federal contractual requirements for the duration of this project.


The submission deadline for this request is 1:00 PM, Friday December 29, 2017.  Submissions received after this time will not receive consideration.  


The successful applicant shall receive payment upon completion of all identified performance measures, submission of a formal invoice, and approval by the Region 6 LEPC.


RFP submissions must be received prior to the aforementioned deadline at the office of Mike Ryan, LEPC Chair:

                        Courthouse – 301 E. Main St.
                        Manchester, Iowa 52057

Each prospective firm or individual must submit at least two (2) hard copies of their proposal before the above deadline.  Additionally, an electronic PDF file of the RFP response document must be submitted via e-mail to  Mike Ryan, LEPC Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to the aforementioned deadline. Voice verification of receipt for mailed, e-mailed or parceled submissions may be made by calling (563) 927-3723.


Date 11-20-2017
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