Crews gather for disaster drill in Ladd
LADD – A mock disaster drill, involving several emergency crews from Bureau, Putnam and LaSalle counties, was acted out on Saturday in Ladd. The scenario involved an Amtrak train that had hit and overturned a school bus at a train crossing, causing several fatalities and injuries.
Perry Memorial Hospital Safety Officer Deb Wood explained it was an important drill for area emergency crews to train for, because Bureau County has many train routes passing through it and several train crossings. It was also a scenario, emergency crews had not yet prepared for.
More than 100 participants from local fire and police departments, EMS, Bureau County Sheriff’s Office, search and rescue, Red Cross, coroner’s office and many more came together for the opportunity to learn the recovery steps of this type of disaster, work with fellow emergency departments and crews, and learn about all the types of resources available in case an incident like so ever took place.
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