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November 12, 2013

Texas fire and EMS agencies preparing for mass-casualty incidents


DALLAS, Texas — Throughout the day on Saturday, police SWAT teams, bomb squads, search and rescue teams and emergency personnel have been training on different real world scenarios across North Texas. 

The scenarios are part of a regional exercise called Urban Shield, which started on Friday and ends on Sunday. The exercise is sponsored by the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The goal is to improve the way different agencies communicate during a disaster or mass-casualty incident, how to train better in the future, what equipment may need to be purchased and how well the area can handle responding to multiple incidents at once.
"These are not fabricated scenarios, they're scenarios that the public has to face everyday that they may or may not be aware of," said Red Oak Police Chief Garland Wolf. "So, it's important for us to put ourselves in those situations."

Full story: Urban Shield Exercises Prepare Local Police, EMS for Disasters