Terrorists take over State Fair Park, in a simulation that is
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Parts of Yakima looked like a war zone Thursday, as law enforcement and county emergency teams practiced how to head off a terrorist attack. It's all part of Operation Eagle Eye, a full scale simulation of a terrorist threat.
What if terrorists took over State Fair Park and hostages were poisoned in the Sundome?
While a full scale terrorist threat may be a bit of stretch, Operation Eagle Eye was a creative way to train people needed in real life emergencies.
"A terrorist event is the scenario we used, you could make this just as easily a major flood event the same systems need to be in place the same people are going to be responding," said Jim Hall, emergency manager, Yakima County.
Local marines played the terrorists, volunteers played the hostages, then local first responders and emergency crews went to work.
"We submitted two years ago for a homeland security grant to have an exercise like this and we budgeted $75,000 and received a contract to spend that money doing this," said Hall.
The response was evaluated and critiqued, giving crews the chance to learn from the exercise.
After "survivors" were pulled from the Sundome they were transported to Regional Hospital where crews again demonstrated a decontamination.