Urban Shield: Calif. LE agencies gather for training exercise

By Rachel Cohen
Inside Bay Area

OAKLAND, Calif. — When the Oakland hills firestorm burned through more than 3,400 homes and killed 25 people in 1991, it was a test of how well law enforcement agencies could communicate with each other once they were out in the field.

Now, many of the public safety professionals who battled that horror are retired and many of today's younger members don't remember it.

This weekend, some 300 public safety professionals from throughout California and the nation will be meeting in Alameda County to participate in a drill dubbed "Urban Shield," which was organized by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

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