What is the Southwestern PA Region 13 Task Force?
The idea for the Southwestern PA Region 13 Task Force (Region 13 for short) came from the exploration of the ideas and philosophies developed during 3 years of discussion in the Pittsburgh Allegheny County-Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) workgroup post 9/11. The group realized that during any significant “All Hazards” or terrorism event in the entire Region, multiple counties could be called upon to assist the local responders.
The foundation of Region 13 is set in place by an unprecedented intergovernmental agreement between the fourteen counties and City of Pittsburgh.
The Task Force, to date, has been operationally tested in Somerset County with the Flight 93 air crash and Quecreek Mine, and in Beaver County with the Hepatitis A outbreak in addition to numerous natural disasters and large-scale planned events such as the MLB All Stars Game and the Pittsburgh G-20 Summit.