County to stage hazardous spill today |

County to stage hazardous spill today

SUMMIT COUNTY – The county’s annual emergency preparedness exercise occurs Friday, when a hazardous spill is to be simulated at Summit High School, according to a Summit County Sheriff’s Office press release.

“Participants will be exercising their ability to respond to a mock scenario revolving around a school bus involved in an accident with a vehicle carrying hazardous materials,” said the press release.

About 100 participants from 16 organizations including local law enforcement, ambulance, fire and health services are to work together with 50 community volunteers.

The simulation is to test real-time emergency response and coordination among the agencies involved. Communications protocol, fatality management coordination, triage, transportation and more are also to be tested.

The volunteers are to participate as mock patients with injuries and chemical exposure, and the exercise will involve transporting these patients to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco.

Residents and businesses in the neighborhood near SHS are to be notified in advance of the exercise, which from afar could appear as a serious emergency.

The event is to occur from noon to 4 p.m.

Last year’s simulation involved an armed man entering the school and causing mass casualties.

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