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FBI, DPS Live Training Exercise at El Paso Airport Set for Monday Night

Multiple agencies will be participating in a training exercise at the El Paso International Airport beginning Monday night.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the El Paso International Airport, with the support of multiple law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal level, will be conducting a joint training exercise beginning Monday, October 29, 2018, at 10 p.m. and lasting through the early morning of Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

The live training exercise will take place at El Paso International Airport (EPIA), including public areas such as ticketing, baggage claim and the main lobby.

Via a news release, officials said, “Area residents should not be alarmed if they see a large number of law enforcement equipment and resources in the area. We ask the public to avoid areas where the FTX is taking place — where out of the ordinary activity may occur related to the exercise, including role players portraying attackers and victims.”

Officials added that the statewide training exercise is part of the FBI, DPS, and EPIA’s commitment to public safety and to working together with all of our law enforcement partners to respond to crisis events anywhere and at any time.

*Exercise participants include:

State of Texas

Select Texas Emergency Management Council Departments and Agencies

Texas Army National Guard

Texas Department of Public Safety

Fusion Centers

Multi-Agency Tactical Response Information eXchange (MATRIX)

North Texas Fusion Center

Southwest Texas Fusion Center

Texas Joint Crime Information Center

Local Agencies and Entities

City of El Paso – Department of Public Health

El Paso City/County Office of Emergency Management

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

El Paso Fire Department

El Paso International Airport

El Paso Medical Examiner’s Office

El Paso Police Department

Pebble Hills High School

The University of Texas at El Paso

Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo

Federal Departments and Agencies

Federal Aviation Administration

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Homeland Security Investigations

National Transportation Safety Board

North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force

Transportation Security Administration

U.S. Air Force

U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern, Western, Southern and Northern Districts of Texas

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Marshals Service

Non-Governmental Organizations

American Red Cross

Border Regional Advisory Council

El Paso Children’s Hospital

El Paso Specialty Hospital

Las Palmas Medical Center

The Hospitals of Providence: Sierra Campus, Memorial Campus, Transmountain Campus, East Campus and Del Sol

The Salvation Army

University Medical Center

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster