Disaster drill

Media clamored about fire fighters Tuesday evening as they hustled to
free a victim in a simulated accident at a disaster drill on the Storm Lake
Middle School grounds. In the scenario, a tanker truck collided with a
vehicle on Hwy. 110, overturning the truck and spreading chemicals on
girls practicing outside the school. Members of the Storm Lake High
School volleyball squad willingly played their part. The kneeling
firefighter above is ready to try out a new specialized airbag that when
inflated, lifted the end of the tanker to free a victim trapped underneath,
in this case, a plastic dummy. The drill was conducted by the Storm
Lake Public Safety Department and Buena Vista County Emergency
Tuesday evening’s disaster drill earned high marks from five evaluators on the scene. Participants included Storm Lake Police and Fire Departments, Buena Vista County Sheriffs Office, Alta Fire Department, first responders from Alta and Rembrandt, ambulances from Newell, Sioux Rapids and Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, Life Flight out of Fort Dodge and Mercy Air Care. BVRMC staff tested their ability to process and decontaminate multiple patients. 

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