HAILEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Law enforcement from across the region gathered at Hailey’s Friedman Memorial Airport on Wednesday for a crisis situation drill.
“We’d much rather have a plan and never need one than not have a plan,” said Twin Falls Police Department bomb squad technician JP O’Donnell. “We hope those scenarios that we kind of went through (today) never happen here.”
With Hailey Airport closed for construction, it was the perfect time to practice for a real-world response situation, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
The Twin Falls Police Bomb Squad, which would respond to a threat at the airport, has shown part of how it can help, with a robot drone and more.
“It’s about working with the first responders here in this area, explaining our resources to them so they understand,” O’Donnell said.
Local law enforcement will always be the first on the scene, but it’s important to be comfortable with what specialists can bring to the table, including the K-9 unit from the police department. Wooded.
“It’s nice to know and see the bomb squad and how they go about their business, and it just helps us build that greater confidence in using them and their resources and the K-9 and their resources, to be able to come in and effectively help us get our airport back up and running,” Hailey Police Chief Steve England said.
Just being able to be face-to-face helps bridge the gap between agencies.
“If there’s anything to worry about in our specialty, they have direct numbers to use, they know us by first name,” O’Donnell said.
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