Saturday a full contingent of 35 and 15 personnel showed-up for an early morning training session. Nearly 50 members, including some from mutual aid companies, attended the Disaster Operations preparedness training. The training focused on evaluating the company's draft Disaster Operations Guide through a tabletop exercise. The scenario involved a tour bus and tanker truck loaded with gasoline.
Chief Taylor said, "The exercise was to get everyone thinking about large-scale incidents. What resources are necessary, how weather, time of day, and even the day of the week will influence our operations. Additionally, it gave us a chance to 'test-drive' our Disaster Operations Guide. The event was successful, and we are certainly better prepared."
Personnel took turns being Incident Commander, EMS Branch Supervisor, PIO, Safety Officer, and many other incident positions. Triage was done with medics reviewing and reclassifying some of the wounded. Instruction was given on why some patients were downgraded. The box alarm assignments, and transportation plan was also reviewed.
PIO Diehl said, "We train with the worst case scenarios in mind, and pray we never need the training. The plan we've created needs to be functional and workable for everyone. It's proven in every emergency that saving time saves lives. I am happy to see that so many folks took time out to help identify parts of the plan that need augmentation."
Thank you to all those that helped in this meaningful and life changing training!