Area first responders give new Round Rock Public Safety Training Center a workout
Your tax dollars at work. In 2013 Round Rock voters approved funding for a public safety training center. And Tuesday the new $29 million center got a real workout. Local police and firefighters invited first responders from ten central Texas counties for a full-scale emergency exercise.
Round Rock Fire Chief Robert Isbell says, "Our new public safety training center has all the amenities to allow all the multiple agencies to come in and go through the exercise in one location and do it in some realistic fashion."
The facility is big enough where hundreds of first responders are able to work together. “Everything from police, fire, swat, hazmat and medical,” says Chief Isbell. “All of those components are here to respond to some sort of disaster."
And here they're practicing their joint response to the unthinkable. Martin Ritchey, director of Homeland Security for the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) says, “You never know when there's going to actually be an event that requires cross cooperation from agencies. And this ‘acting’ so to speak brings that force together, and folks will have the muscle memory of what to do the next time."
So what's the unthinkable scenario for this exercise? Ritchey says, “Today is going to be a combination of an active shooter and an implementation of an improvised explosive device with a radiological dispersion."
It’s something we'd all rather not think about. But we're thankful they do.