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Emergency Crews Prepare For The Worst

The old saying goes, plan for the best, but prepare for the worst. That is exactly what first responders did Thursday in Pike County.

It's a scene that looks real, and it could be real, an explosion at a natural gas company.

"This incident we had today could really be a happening thing," said Ricky Slusher with the Hurricane Volunteer Fire Department.

Today is just pretend, but emergency crews act as if it's not.

"The last thing we would want to do in a real emergency is to not understand our roles," said Maverick Bentley with Columbia Gas.

The simulation included mock explosions at two sites and victims with injuries. Firemen, police, EMT's, and even the MedFlight Helicopter all participated.

Responders learned not only what their job is during the emergency, but also what everyone else's is too.

"Being able to communicate and work out bugs that would be in the system," Slusher said.

"It helps establish the relationship that we need to be a safe operation here at the community," Bentley said.

"Just keep going over and over in the event of a real incident. Hopefully, we'd be prepared to handle it," said Slusher.

Crews say they think the drill was a success and believe it something like this happened in real life, they would know just what to do.

"It went very well. I was very pleased with the participation," Bentley said.

It's a scene no one wants to see but if they do, they will know how to react when lives are on the line.

After the drill, managers held critique sessions with the departments and discussed to see if anything needs to be done differently during an emergency.


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