The Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) consists of the Arizona National Guard (Air, Army, Joint Task Force), the Division of Emergency Management and the Division of Administrative Services. DEMA provides unique capabilities and services to the citizens of Arizona in three distinct roles: community, state and federal.
Emergencies can have affects that require the response of multiple agencies. During responses, the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) works collectively with other agencies, including federal, tribal, state and local governments, to provide emergency management capabilities. Recently, DEMA collaborated with Luke Air Force Base to practice their response to an aircraft incident. Through this partnership, DEMA provided Search and Rescue (SAR) and technical communications support during this full-scale exercise.
It was a late December night when Jesse Robinson’s cell phone rang. Robinson is the Search and Rescue (SAR) and Warning Coordinator for the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA). He answered the call from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) about a missing aircraft from Scottsdale airport. The AFRCC was able to ping the cell phones of the people on board to a remote area near Gila County. Around the same time, the airplane’s emergency locator beacon activation was detected and reported to AFRCC.