Ada — Explosions, mass casualties, armed officers and vehicles, emergency responders, the National Guard and possibly a natural disaster will all be at East Central University's Sports Complex Tuesday and Wednesday.
But it's all planned. It's all part of emergency training response exercises to prepare for potential incidents. Building relationships and testing communication tactics are key factors in ensuring cooperation between all first responders. Setup will be Monday, May 19, with the training taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 20-21.
The exercises will include emergency response to several scenarios, including an improvised explosive device (IED), a mass casualty incident, an active shooter and a response to an explosive/hazardous chemical incident. The exercises will also enable local responders to train on the Incident Command System.
The ECU Police Department, Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Incident Management Team, Ada Police Department, Lighthorse Police Department, Ada Fire Department, Pontotoc County Sheriff's Department, Pontotoc County Emergency Management and Mercy Emergency Management Services will all be taking part in the training.