Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Mock Emergency Tests Readiness.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Joshua Akers Journal Staff Writer


* Workers pretend worst-case scenarios are under way to see if they are ready to protect public

The heat was unbearable, the power was out and emergency services were pushed to the limit Thursday in Rio Rancho.

Outside it was a typical afternoon in New Mexico, warm, sunny, with a light breeze. Inside the Rio Rancho Emergency Operations Center, at a Department of Public Safety fire station, it was a different world where city officials grappled with a simulated heat wave, a power outage, a major fire at an apartment complex and a riot at Haynes Park pool.

The simulated emergency was a chance for city personnel to prepare for possible emergencies the city could face, said Ed Chismar, acting city administrator. …

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