Law enforcement helicopters converge on the Rose Bowl for emergency preparedness training – Pasadena Now


Helicopter crews from more than 30 law enforcement agencies across the state converged on the community field along Rose Bowl Stadium for a Federal Aviation Emergency Preparedness Training Exercise Administration Wednesday, hosted by the Pasadena Police Department.

Lt. Bill Grisafe, spokesman for the Pasadena Police Department, said, “We have what we call emergency preparedness drills for several California law enforcement air operations units every year. We bring them in to give this training.

According to Grisafe, air units from as far away as Sacramento County north and San Diego County south participated in the event, with each air unit approaching the field from the San Gabriel Mountains to the north and flying directly above the Rose Bowl. Stadium, hovering, then parking in rows, filling the field.

At past events Helicopters from the police, fire, military, emergency medical services and electronic news gathering communities participated in the exercise without incident.

“There’s always a training element for pilots and aircraft crew when they get here,” Grisafe said.

Annual training also gives various agencies the opportunity to compare protocols.

“We all do slightly different, but similar things,” Lt. Mike Ingram of the Pasadena Air Operations Unit told “Behind The Badge.” “So being able to speak the same language, working through our processes to make sure our plans are appropriate and safe is a good way for us to check in on what we’re doing. There are always lessons to be learned. »

This year, federal officials conducted basic FAA emergency training.

The 31st annual exercise had been postponed for two years amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We took two years off,” Grissafe added, “and I think people were very excited to get out and do this training this year. The training is well attended and appreciated by several air units tasked of law enforcement throughout the state.”

Grisafe commended Lt. Brad May, Air Operations Manager for the Pasadena Police Department, as well as Officer Steve Thurston, who led the training program for the past 30 years.

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