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The GEO Group South Texas ICE Processing Center on the west side of Pearsall hosted a simulated disaster scenario last week to provide a unique and critical training opportunity to Frio County emergency first responders.
The exercise, involving representatives from the Pearsall Police Department, Frio County EMS, Pearsall Volunteer Fire Department, Pearsall City Hall, ICE Health Services Corps, immigration and customs staff and GEO facility staff, simulated a fire drill explosion in the kitchen area of the facility on Tuesday, November 14.
“The primary goal of the exercise was to assess the effectiveness of emergency response plans, identify areas for improvement, and enhance coordination among various stakeholders in the event of an actual fire explosion,” a representative from the GEO facility said Monday morning.
The simulated emergency drill involved a hypothetical fire explosion within the confines of the facility, requiring a coordinated response from all participants. The scenario included casualties, fire suppression efforts, evacuation procedures, and communication challenges.
“The simulated fire drill explosion proved valuable in assessing and refining emergency response procedures,” the spokesperson said. “The collaborative effort of the community partners and facility staff demonstrated a commitment to the safety and well-being of the community. The findings and recommendations from this drill will serve as a foundation for continuous improvement in emergency preparedness and response capabilities.”
According to staff, regular drills and training sessions will be scheduled to maintain and enhance the level of preparedness among all stakeholders.