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October 25, 2018

FBI and DPS Lead Statewide Full-Scale Training Exercise

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AUSTIN –The four Texas Divisions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Dallas, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio) and the Texas Department of Public Safety will lead a statewide Full-Scale Training Exercise (FTX) beginning Sunday, Oct. 28, at noon and ending at approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Numerous local, state and federal agencies* will participate in several FTX sites throughout Texas – in the cities of Greenville, Brenham, San Antonio and El Paso. The FTX will examine the ability of federal, state, local, tribal and territorial jurisdictions to respond to complex terrorist attacks with a focus on integrated response planning among law enforcement, medical services, emergency management and other whole community stakeholders.

Texans should not be alarmed if they see a large number of law enforcement personnel and equipment throughout the state during the exercise. We ask the public to avoid areas where the FTX is taking place — where out of the ordinary activity may occur related to the exercise, including role players portraying attackers and victims. (Additional details regarding specific FTX locations will be forthcoming from the respective FBI Division Offices.)

During the FTX, participants will focus on enhancing their ability to respond to real-life crisis events in an effort to save lives. Texans are reminded of the important role they also play in ensuring the safety of our communities by always reporting suspicious activities to law enforcement.

* Exercise participants include:

State of Texas
Select Texas Emergency Management Council Departments and Agencies
Texas Army National Guard
Texas Department of Public Safety

Fusion Centers
Multi-Agency Tactical Response Information eXchange (MATRIX)
North Texas Fusion Center
Southwest Texas Fusion Center
Texas Joint Crime Information Center

Local Agencies and Entities
Bexar County Sheriff's Department
Blinn College Police Department
Brenham Police Department
City of El Paso – Department of Public Health
City of San Antonio Office of Emergency Management
El Paso City/County Office of Emergency Management
El Paso County Sheriff's Office
El Paso Fire Department
El Paso International Airport
El Paso Medical Examiner's Office
El Paso Police Department
Garland Police Department
Greenville Fire Department
Greenville Police Department
Hunt County Emergency Medical Services
Hunt County Sheriff's Office
Pebble Hills High School
San Antonio Fire Department
San Antonio International Airport
San Antonio Police Department
The University of Texas at El Paso
Washington County Office of Emergency Management
Washington County Sheriff's Office
Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo

Federal Departments and Agencies
Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Homeland Security Investigations
National Transportation Safety Board
North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force
Transportation Security Administration
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Attorney's Office – Eastern, Western, Southern and Northern Districts of Texas
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Marshals Service

Non-Governmental Organizations
American Red Cross
Border Regional Advisory Council
El Paso Children's Hospital
El Paso Specialty Hospital
Las Palmas Medical Center
The Hospitals of Providence: Sierra Campus, Memorial Campus, Transmountain Campus, East Campus and Del Sol
The Salvation Army
University Medical Center
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Private Sector
H-E-B
L3 Technologies

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