Despite unseasonably cold temperatures and occasional snow flurries, over 100 firefighters and EMS personnel from 13 area departments converged on NTC’s Public Safety Center of Excellence Saturday morning, for a Mass Casualty Exercise- the first ever hosted by the Merrill Fire Department.
As part of the 3 1/2-hour exercise, crews conducted mock rescue and life saving procedures on ‘victims’ related to a ‘Casino Bus vs Mini Van collision.’
Along with an incident command post comprised of fire department officials, state and county Emergency Management officials, a mock press conference was also coordinated with local media outlets via a designated Public Information Officer (PIO).
“I am very pleased with what I saw today,” commented Merrill fire chief Dave Savone.
“When we are through with the today’s exercise we will get together and discuss things but overall I can honestly say I have not seen anything that jumps out at me as needing improvement, except for maybe the weather” he added with a chuckle.
Merrill mayor Bill Bialecki and Lincoln County Board chairman Bob Lee expressed their approval of the exercise as well as being very pleased to have such a large turnout.
Savone indicated aspirations to have similar exercises every four years.