Richland County EMA Exercise Challenges Emergency Responders

  • 10/4/2017 6:32:38 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

RICHLAND CO., OH - Every few years, each county's emergency response teams are tasked with evaluating their knowledge, response time, and planning against real-life scenarios designed to put them to the test. On Wednesday, Richland County's combined response teams met to gauge their preparedness.

"It's a yearly exercise," said Rick Evans, Deputy Director for Richland County Emergency Management. "We'll have a chemical release (scenario), we'll have a couple of victims, and a lot of that will be talking through issues. We'll have some evacuation procedures happening, and we'll also be here in the EOC, the Emergency Operations Center, where we'll be testing five objectives."

This time, the exercise scenario was a petroleum leak at a Bellville co-op. Bellville Fire and Police were on-scene to tackle the hypothetical situation and to discuss procedures for handling the incident.

The training exercises are immensely useful to each team, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses to improve or enhance in future operations.

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