FBI, DPS lead statewide full-scale training exercise

The four Texas Divisions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Dallas, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio) and the Texas Department of Public Safety will lead a statewide Full-Scale Training Exercise (FTX) beginning Sunday, Oct. 28, at noon and ending at approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Numerous local, state and federal agencies* will participate in several FTX sites throughout Texas – in the cities of Greenville, Brenham, San Antonio and El Paso. The FTX will examine the ability of federal, state, local, tribal and territorial jurisdictions to respond to complex terrorist attacks with a focus on integrated response planning among law enforcement, medical services, emergency management and other whole community stakeholders.

Texans should not be alarmed if they see a large number of law enforcement personnel and equipment throughout the state during the exercise. We ask the public to avoid areas where the FTX is taking place — where out of the ordinary activity may occur related to the exercise, including role players portraying attackers and victims.

During the FTX, participants will focus on enhancing their ability to respond to real-life crisis events in an effort to save lives. Texans are reminded of the important role they also play in ensuring the safety of our communities by always reporting suspicious activities to law enforcement.

Exercise participants include:

State of Texas

Select Texas Emergency Management Council Departments and Agencies

Texas Army National Guard

Texas Department of Public Safety


Fusion Centers

Multi-Agency Tactical Response Information eXchange (MATRIX)

North Texas Fusion Center

Southwest Texas Fusion Center

Texas Joint Crime Information Center


Local Agencies and Entities

Bexar County Sheriff’s Department

Blinn College Police Department

Brenham Police Department

City of El Paso – Department of Public Health

City of San Antonio Office of Emergency Management

El Paso City/County Office of Emergency Management

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

El Paso Fire Department

El Paso International Airport

El Paso Medical Examiner’s Office

El Paso Police Department

Garland Police Department

Greenville Fire Department

Greenville Police Department

Hunt County Emergency Medical Services

Hunt County Sheriff’s Office

Pebble Hills High School

San Antonio Fire Department

San Antonio International Airport

San Antonio Police Department

The University of Texas at El Paso

Washington County Office of Emergency Management

Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo


Federal Departments and Agencies

Federal Aviation Administration

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Homeland Security Investigations

National Transportation Safety Board

North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force

Transportation Security Administration

U.S. Air Force

U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern, Western, Southern and Northern Districts of Texas

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Marshals Service


Non-Governmental Organizations

American Red Cross

Border Regional Advisory Council

El Paso Children’s Hospital

El Paso Specialty Hospital

Las Palmas Medical Center

The Hospitals of Providence: Sierra Campus, Memorial Campus, Transmountain Campus, East Campus and Del Sol

The Salvation Army

University Medical Center

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster


Private Sector


L3 Technologies

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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