07/22/2012

NM agencies drill in large-scale response exercise

During Operation Aztec, state, local, and federal entities will conduct a series of activities next week to test and enhance coordinated response capabilities to wide-spread threats

Las Cruces Sun-News

SANTA FE — As part of an ongoing full scale exercise code named Operation Aztec, state, local, and federal entities will conduct a series of activities next week to test and enhance coordinated response capabilities to wide-spread threats. While citizens in Las Cruces, Estancia, Deming Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Roswell may see increased police and National Guard activity between July 23-25, this is only an exercise and does not involve any risk to the public.

Participants in the exercise include the New Mexico Air National Guard, the New Mexico Army National Guard, the New Mexico Department of Health, the U.S. Marshal Service, New Mexico Department of Public Safety & State Police, New Mexico Corrections Department, New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps, the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (DHSEM), the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, Valencia County, Torrance County, Luna County, and Chaves County.

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