Local Law Enforcement Combine for Massive Emergency Drill in Dallas This Morning
|Photos by Patrick Michels|
|Dallas Fire-Rescue workers escort a "victim" of this morning's "attack" to a "triage center" outside the Dallas Convention Center.|
Dallas Fire-Rescue, Dallas Police (including SWAT teams and a bomb squad) and medical services ran through a trio of simulated attacks, in fact, beginning at the Dallas Convention Center this morning and ending early this afternoon at Fair Park. The full-scale exercise was coordinated by the Office of Emergency Management. DFR Lt. Joel Lavender was tasked with herding media around this morning and said the whole simulation, based on a script of events provided by Northrop Grumman Corp., was the largest Dallas has seen in a long time.
Certain players in the response were given secret roles to help add twists to throw other responders for a loop -- letting it unfold like a citywide murder mystery party. Lavender preferred a different metaphor: "This is our Christmas show," he said. "This has been in the planning stages for months and months."
And just like a real Christmas pageant, some people scored more awesome roles than others -- like the crowd of simulated casualties that zombie-walked out of buses and over to a makeshift triage center, some with bloody faces or fake bone splinters sticking out of their shins.
|A SWAT team moves across the Dallas Convention Center lower foyer.|
We got a look at a series of SWAT teams moving past the doors and up the escalators, and a few minutes later DFR evacuated a pair of DART buses that had been idling outside the convention center. A few ambulances drove off with the worst of the simulated casualties, and then everyone packed up for the Dallas Fire Academy and the exercise's second phase.
Lavender said they'd hear early next year about how everyone did.
|One of the happy casualties makes his way out of the fray.|
|Clearly somebody had been briefed they'd be observing from the ivy patch today.|
|Everything went according to plan, far as we could tell.|
|Another injured bus rider is escorted away.|