- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Garland County officials say multiple government agencies have carried out emergency scenario training during meets at a horse racetrack in Hot Springs, most of it without the public’s knowledge.

Bo Robertson, the county’s Department of Emergency Management director, tells The Sentinel-Record (https://bit.ly/1VAq7fy ) that the department chose three high-profile race days to carry out the training based on hypothetical scenarios the Oaklawn Racing & Gaming might encounter.

On one April weekend, emergency responders walked through the property with equipment used to monitor and detect high levels of biological, chemical or radiological elements. They responded to threats such as a potential chemical release and an active aggressor scenario.

Robertson says there was never a specific threat at Oaklawn but that the department wants to maintain the safety of everyone involved in these large events.

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Information from: The Sentinel-Record, https://www.hotsr.com


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