Law enforcement agencies from both the United States and Mexico took part in a training exercise in Douglas Aug. 10.
EMS personnel from the Douglas Fire Department responded to the border, treated the injured suspect; preparing him for transport via helicopter to a medical facility. The Border Patrol, Customs and DFD took the injured suspect from the border to the old Kmart parking lot where they met Lifeline for transport.
“Part of this exercise included our Mexican partners on the planning and the implementation of the exercise itself,” said Jeremy Copeland, Public Affairs Officer for the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector. “The Agua Prieta Police Department was ready to respond when they saw someone running south.”
Copeland said the “take home message” of this drill was the collaboration and cooperation with other law enforcement agencies on both sides of the border.
“This gives everyone involved a chance to practice what they’ve learned … it allows us to practice so if a real incident like this occurred where multiple agencies responded we would be better off and able to react in a better way because of this practice,” Copeland said. “Everything I saw today went really well.”
The entire exercise was over in approximately 45 minutes.
Previous drills like this have been held in Nogales and other parts of southern Arizona.
“They try to mix up where they do them so different agencies and different personnel get to participate,” Copeland said.
The training had been in the planning stages for a while but wasn’t revealed to the field officers until the morning of the drill.
Agencies taking part in the drill included the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the office of the Air Marine, the Border Patrol, Douglas Police and Fire Departments, the Agua Prieta Police Department and another law enforcement agency from Mexico.