TPD: Responding to a crisis

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Updated: 4/17/2013 8:55 am Published: 4/16/2013 9:41 pm

The Tulsa Police Department's Disaster Response Team (DaRT) trains throughout the year to be ready to respond to any major public emergencies.

TPD’s Disaster Response Team was created after the bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995.

When the explosions happened in Boston, Tulsa Police Captain Brett Bailey was notified immediately.

"I was in a meeting when that happened (I) had team members texting me saying just happened at the Boston marathon," said TPD Captain Brett Bailey.

He is the commander of TPD’s Disaster Response Team which trains for worst case events such as the one in Boston.

"It's managing mass chaos,” said Bailey.

He says it doesn’t just happen. Staging mock events and going through various possible scenarios makes all the difference in the critical moments after a disaster.

"The same way you have training for bomb training and SWAT training," said Bailey.

The terrorism investigation in Boston now has the 25 member including a dispatcher of DaRT on their toes.

"We have been sending information back and forth with each other, something has just happened we need to be on higher alert,” said Bailey.

Tulsa’s team has not been called to Boston, however they’re ready just like they were when they helped coordinate the command post after the disastrous tornado hit Joplin two years ago next month.

"It was a third of the city of Joplin that was impacted and they needed all the help they could get and it was a very long and drawn out response,” said Bailey.

Whether they’re needed for days or weeks TPD’s DaRT is prepared to go into action at a moment’s notice.

Later this year the Disaster Response Team plans to stage a mock emergency for training at Tulsa International Airport.

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