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Salt River Fields Mass Care Exercise

Participants react to a suspicious package and lost child and discuss the procedures.

Emergency management officials in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community participated in a functional training exercise at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on November 7.

The goal of the exercise was to test the core capabilities within the operations of Salt River Fields and their ability to respond to a potential public emergency occurring during a spring training baseball game.

Representatives from SRPMIC Emergency Management, the Salt River fire and police departments, Maricopa County Emergency Management, and the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs participated.

The event lasted more than 90 minutes with the objectives linked to four core capabilities: (1) on-scene security, protection and law enforcement; (2) operational communications; (3) operational coordination; and (4) public information and warning.

Salt River Fields Security and staff along with many other organizations came together for the Mass Care Exercise.
“During the simulation I thought everyone put their best foot forward,” said Genaro Rocha. “This shows how tribal communities can work well with the country, state and local law enforcement agencies.”

The exercise was simulated for an emergency to take place on the date of March 15, 2018, when the Arizona Diamondbacks will play the Los Angeles Dodgers at Salt River Fields. This should be a busy date at the facility, and the exercise would give the staff a good picture of what kinds of damage and injuries it would have to deal with, should a public emergency event possibly occur.

More than 40 people participated in the exercise, positioned throughout different areas of the main stadium.

Another exercise is in the works and will feature actors, like the fall 2016 event that was held in the Lehi Community Building.