Operation Trailblazer, a full-scale, active-shooter exercise, will take place from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at Arrowhead Park Early College High School. The exercise will be coordinated by the Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Office of Emergency Management in coordination with Las Cruces Public Schools.

The high school campus will be closed to the public during the exercise. Law enforcement, Fire, EMS, area hospitals, and other first responders and emergency personnel will be participating. The public should be aware that police, sheriff, fire and ambulance vehicles will be clearly visible, along with other vehicles necessary to conduct this very important training.

The purpose of this event is to evaluate and improve the first responder community’s interoperability during and following a mass casualty attack. The exercise will involve simulated real-world scenarios, along with simulated victims that will be in full makeup. As this exercise will take place on a Saturday, students will not be on campus. Traffic detours and a security perimeter will be in place to ensure that no unauthorized persons are able to gain access to the school. Due to safety concerns, the public is asked to avoid the area of the school during this time of training.

More information about the training exercise can be found in the PowerPoint presentation below:

— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811, dwillis@lcps.net