Bi-National Training Put To Use During Spillover Shooting


POSTED: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 4:15pm

UPDATED: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 4:31pm

EL PASO - Remember last year when bullets flew across the border into the United States? Emergency crews quickly shut down the Border Highway to keep people safe. Today, we got a glimpse of what we didn't see during that chaotic night, training that helped keep us safe.

It looks like they're just talking on the phone and taking notes, but members of United States and Mexican Government Agencies are actually training to save your life.

"They're going over possible scenarios that could happen in the border area. Scenarios that could put at danger the lives of the people that live on both sides of the border," Border Patrol Agent Scott Hayes said.

The training is meant to teach people on both sides of the border how to better communicate in case of a bi-national emergency. It's training that's already been used once before.

"There was actually a situation that occurred last summer. There was a shootout that took place on the Southside of the border, in Mexico, and in that shootout some bullets were coming North," Hayes said.

Hayes says a training, similar to the one today, took place last year before that shootout happened, and the training helped emergency teams from El Paso and Juarez work together to keep people safe. No one, other than those involved in that Juarez shootout, were hurt.

"If there is something like that, that happens in the border area, it does put people's lives in danger... So, working together we are more effectively able to respond on both sides of the border to take care of those situations," Hayes said.

In all, members of 24 government agencies from both nations took part in the training, in hopes of keeping our borders secure.

"As these agencies meet together they are able to share with each other what their protocols are, what their resources are and by knowing those things and by sharing these types of scenarios where they can put hands on practice in to motion, they'll be prepared for things happening in the future," Hayes said.

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