Hospital plans mass casualty drill

Law enforcement officials, fire officials, medical responders and even the local media will come together in two weeks to practice how local agencies would have to work together in the case of a mass casualty disaster.

A mock bus crash will be held at 9 a.m. May 3 on County Road 64 West.

The Moffat County EMS Council is organizing

the drill.

The Memorial Hospital Public Relations Director Pam Thompson said the state patrol will be the first to respond to the scene, as it would in the case of any accident.

The ambulance crew will then be dispatched, and will set up a triage at the scene of the accident.

Once the victims have been attended to at the scene of the accident, they will be transported to The Memorial Hospital, where doctors and nurses will have to deal with the influx of casualties.

Those participating in the drill include the Craig Ambulance Service, the Maybell Ambulance Service, The Memorial Hospital, Tri State, state patrol, the Craig, Maybell and Artesia fire departments, the sheriff's department, police department, Red Cross, Advocates Crisis Support Services and the Baggs, Wyo., Ambulance service.

Maybell EMS Coordinator Karen Burley told the Moffat County commissioners Monday that it has been a good collaborative effort thus far amongst the local agencies in organizing the drill.

Thompson said not only is it good for the agencies, but said it should be reassuring to the community.

"We want the community to know that we are prepared in case something were to happen," Thompson said.

In addition to emergency responders, local media have been asked to participate and pressure those dealing with the accident for information.

"We'll ask the media to play different roles and we'll try to get as much information out as possible," Thompson said. "We need to be able to deal with that."

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.

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