Dummies and volunteer actors in the Ashley Ridge High School cafeteria Tuesday. (Source: Live 5)
DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -
Dorchester County conducted a mass casualty drill Tuesday morning to keep first responders prepared to handle a crisis.
The exercise scenario, held at Ashley Ridge High School, was a gas explosion and active fire in the school cafeteria.
"It's a training event for our people so should we have an event like this we're better prepared so it's a learning experience for everybody," Dorchester County EMS Director Doug Warren said.
As part of the drill, prosthetic injuries and fake blood were placed on approximately 40 volunteers. The volunteers played injured patients and were triaged by Dorchester County EMS or Joint Base Charleston first responders before being taken to Trident Hospital and/or Summerville Medical Center.
Both hospital facilities exercised their mass casualty plans as part of the simulation.
Each agency will conduct debriefs to review the response to the mock disaster in the hopes of identifying what went well and what can be improved.