Friday, October 20, 2006

"It's a Drill, Not for Real" large-scale disaster drill planned for Solano County

Printable Page: "It's a Drill, Not for Real
Written for the web by C. Johnson, Internet News Producer

Emergency officials are warning Solano County residents ahead of time about a large-scale disaster drill planned for Thursday.

The county's Office of Emergency Services and other county and law enforcement agencies will participate with Travis Air Force Base in a mock crash of a C-5 at 'Rush Ranch' off of Grizzly Island Road south of Highway 12. The exercise will also include the detonation of smoke bombs. The emergency response drill will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The purpose of the drill is to test and evaluate the emergency response capabilities of agencies in Solano County. The exercise will involve multiple casualties and significant destruction of the aircraft.

Those monitoring and evaluating the drill will gauge operational effectiveness and communication among responding agencies.

The county says some 300 people will be part of the exercise, as well as 90 Travis personnel who will pose as crash victims.

The last time a drill of this size was conducted in the county with the air force base was 1998.

Created: 10/18/2006 2:16:21 PM

Updated: 10/18/2006 4:35:24 PM


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