|Exercise simulates multi-vehicle crash on turnpike|
|Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Wednesday, 25 September 2013 12:55|
A simulated turnpike disaster prompted emergency staff from across the region to practice their response to a massive car crash Wednesday.
Police, fire and emergency medical personnel collaborated at Owens Community College to test a disaster response plan that’s been more than a year in the making.
Participants each know how to respond to emergencies, but this exercise was more about pooling resources and practicing communication in a hectic environment.
For four hours Wednesday, responders shuttled high-school “victims” away from the scene to a simulated hospital on campus. To minimize ambulance mileage and the impact on the many area hospitals that participated, patients were staged at those hospitals rather than being transported there as they would in a real scenario.
A federal grant funded the exercise in which about a dozen Perrysburg Township firefighters were first to respond, an effort Chief Tom Brice called “challenging.”
“Never in my life have I responded to an emergency like this,” he said. “Not many people have.”
As the first to arrive at the scene, Perrysburg Township responders “set the stage for the entire exercise,” Brice said.
“The initial minutes determine how it’s all going to go.”
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