Everyone hopes it would never happen in small town Truth or Consequences, but if it does, Sierra County emergency personnel and law enforcement agencies will be a little better prepared.
On Saturday, April 21, emergency agencies from Las Palomas Fire & Rescue, Elephant Butte Fire & Rescue, and Sierra Vista Hospital, joined forces with law enforcement personnel from the Truth or Consequences Police Department, Sierra County Sheriff’s Department and New Mexico State Police in a training exercise at Hot Springs High School. The training exercise was set up by Donna Sanchez, of the Sierra County Emergency Management Office.
The incident included mass injuries, a police officer wounded, and two individuals apprehended in a shooting exercise at the school. The exercise also included a helicopter from TriState CareFlight stationed at Sierra Vista Hospital and EMS personnel and volunteers attending to injuries in the parking lot.
“Better to find out our deficiencies now,” stated Lt. Glenn Hamilton from the Sheriff’s Department, “so we can be better prepared if the real thing was to occur.”
And one of the deficiencies noted by Lt. Hamilton was communications. The school building is built of block and metal roofs, hampering communications from personnel in the building with those on the outside.