No one wants a disaster to happen, but North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1 planned to have one on June 24, 2013.
Engines and crews were dispatched to a call:
"school bus into a building"
When crews arrived on scene, they "sized-up" the scene and began the work of aiding the wounded and addressing the multiple hazards that were present.
Actor "victims" from Teen CERT and the community were made up with moulage make-up to resemble actual wounds. The scenario was that the school bus driver suffered a heart attack while driving the bus with students inside. One of the students attempted to steer the bus, but it crashed into "Jake's Auto Parts". The crash caused downed power lines, a gas leak, a fire, etc. There were many injured students. There were also people in Jake's Auto Parts with injuries caused by the crash and the fire.
These drills, although difficult to coordinate, serve a very important function for our firefighters, giving them an intense training experience and greatly improving their skills. Other scenario drills will take place in the near future.
We'd like to thank CERT, NW Natural Gas, Lincoln City Police & Dispatch, Pacific West Ambulance, Mid-Columbia School Bus, Reach Helicopter, and everyone else who participated in this drill.