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First responders preparing for the worst

It’s 10:38 a.m. on a school day, and a report comes in that gunfire is heard coming from the Craig Middle School. Two or three shots are heard, then a pause, followed by additional shots.

What do you do?

These were some of the questions posed to emergency workers Tuesday in preparation of a masscasualty drill slated for May. The tabletop exercise was held as a precursor to determine how officials will respond to a similar scenario of a shooting and hostage drill scheduled at the middle school. Tuesday’s exercise and the upcoming drill also are ways for emergency workers to determine a plan of action for large-scale emergency situations that may involve many casualties.



“The main thing is getting all organizations together to make sure we get all the needs met,” said Larry Dalton, head of Moffat Cou-n-ty’s Office of Emergency Man-agement. “You have to write a plan to take care of all the hazards, be-cause you can’t write a plan to take care of each one.”

Potential hazards can include a bioterrorism attack and nat-ural disasters, Dalton said. Repre-sentatives from law enforcement, the medical field, communications, the school district and others attended Tuesday.



The daylong training helped Craig Intermediate School Prin-cipal Don Davidson consider some additions to the school’s current emergency plan. School policy dictates rules in emergency situations, such as a lockdown policy, appoints one person for media relations and outlines the chain of command, Davidson said.

“We’ve created a system so everybody in the building knows what to do,” he said.

“This has provided more information, because the combinations of the scenarios are huge,” David-son said.

Discussed during the training was how separate agencies plan to respond to emergencies.

That may mean that Craig Fire and Rescue is head of command on the scene of massive fires, or law-enforcement officers take the lead in a situation involving a shooting.

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or ahatten@craigdailypress.com.


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