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Placer County To Hold Mass Casualty Exercise

Stock / Capital Public Radio
 

Stock / Capital Public Radio

In Roseville Wednesday, fire crews, police officers and other Placer County emergency workers will be taking part in a mass casualty exercise. They'll be responding to a simulated oil train accident.

John McEldowney is with the Placer County Office of Emergency Services. He says the event will include lots of fire engines, police cars, and low-flying helicopters.

"They'll actually be taking off and landing out of the Denio's Market, transporting live patients who are made up with makeup that makes them appear injured," explains McEldowney.

He says the exercise will test how well first responders from various agencies come together in a crisis.

And McEldowney says it's a chance to test the county’s recently finalized oil-by-rail response guide, which was prompted by recent disasters.

"There was a large incident in Quebec a few years ago," says McEldowney. "If something like that happened within the rail lines within Placer County, we just want to be as prepared as possible."

People are advised to avoid the area between PFE Road and Hilltop Circle during Wednesday's exercise from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.