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Preparing for the Worst: Dodge County Trains for Mass Casualty

August 24, 2017 11:30 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- First responders from numerous Dodge County agencies participated in a mock emergency drill Thursday, testing their reactions to a staged multiple-death crash.

Crews met at the Dodge County Fairgrounds in Kasson to respond to the simulated school bus crash, practicing how to prioritize their responses and communicate between a number of different agencies.

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"The exercise is meant to be a training exercise so they understand how to respond to something like that with limited resources and make sure we're getting everyone the care they need in the proper time we need and the proper communication that we need," Dodge County Emergency Management Director Matt Maas said.

Behind the scenes, dispatchers worked to get help where it was needed most and call in backup.

The "victims" also said they got a lot out of the experience, especially watching firefighters cut open part of the school bus.

"I think they responded very well to the injuries," Chris Lannin said. "They came around and assessed, they gave you a color based on how intense your injuries were, and it went really well."

 The goal is to be as ready as possible for the real thing if and when disaster strikes.


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