Nearly 40 City employees and public safety officials reported to the Town Hall on Thursday to practice the protocols of running Del Mar's Emergency Operations Center.
During the three-hour “2019 Wildland Fire EOC Training Exercise,” workers from all City departments and the Sheriff’s department tested communications equipment and computer software and practiced other actions they would take during an actual wildfire event. Players included members of Del Mar’s Community Emergency Response Team.
Drills began with a straightforward setup of the EOC – positioning tables as directed in a handbook, opening crates packed with equipment and supplies, firing up computers and radios, donning vests that identified roles and responsibilities.
Participants worked together to produce protective action messages and warnings, an Incident Action Plan and situation reports. The exercise included scenarios for ordering evacuations and sheltering in place and for requesting and managing aid from outside agencies.
Players reacted to mock scenarios as they were presented, just as they would during a real emergency. All incidents were fictitious, and to end all communications – written or spoken on radios or the telephone – players used the words, “This is an exercise.”
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