FIREFIGHTERS FROM THREE AREA FIRE DEPARTMENTS arrived at a scene that depicted a rolled-over school bus and two vehicles crushed by it during last week’s mock crash exercise at Leaders Airport in Clear Lake. “Victims” were role-played by kids and parents of Cub Scouts from local Pack 94 out of Clear Lake. (Submitted Photo)
AMY JUNES OF SARTELL (above, left) role-played a pregnant woman whose car was crushed by a school bus that tipped over onto it. Area firefighters had no idea what their mock crash event was going to entail when they arrived on scene. (Submitted Photo)
By Bill Morgan
The Clear Lake Fire Department conducted an MCI (Multiple Casualty Incident) Sept. 9 at the Leaders Airport in Clear Lake. The training exercise involved a bus that was tipped on its side with two cars pinned underneath. A separate multi-vehicle incident was also included, one of which a vehicle was upside down and another on fire. All to simulate a multi-car crash on Hwy 10.
The roles of victims were filled by Cub Scouts (and their parents) from local Pack 94 out of Clear Lake.
Members from Clear Lake Fire, as well as the Clearwater and Becker Fire Departments, arrived on scene with little to no knowledge of what laid ahead. The exercise was done in real time, allowing for a “real life” feel.
Upon arrival, firefighters had to secure the scene, stabilize the vehicles and extricate and triage the “patients”, prioritizing their transport by the severity of their moulaged injuries. Some “lucky” victims were actually flown out by a North Aircare helicopter while the rest were simulatedly transported by ambulances.
Exercises like this help prepare first responders for real life possibilities while allowing the departments to practice working with each other and other local resources and departments. Lance (last name unknown) from Burda’s Towing not only prepared the bus for the drill, but was a vital resource in stabilizing it to make the rescue possible.
The Clear Lake Fire Department would like to thank the following for their help: Hoglund Bus, Burda’s Towing, Cub Scout Pack 94, Clearwater Fire, Becker Fire, Sherburne County Dispatch, North Aircare, Amy Junes and Cynthia Schreder.