Local Emergency Responders Take Part in Drill This Morning

Emergency Response Drill May 31, 2012


FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre and Fort Pierre emergency responders spent the morning taking part in a disaster drill today. Several different agencies were represented at the emergency exercise, which started this morning just after eight. Captain Dave Panzer of the Pierre Police Department says police, sheriff’s departments, fire and rescue, ambulance and other agencies were staged at the Fort Pierre boat ramp after they were told of a scenario involving youngsters on LaFramboise Island who were injured after they entered a city well building on the island and were exposed to some kind of chemical mix.

Victims were being shuttled by rescue boat from the Fort Pierre side of the island back to land for treatment by medical personnel. Panzer says each time the Hughes and Stanley County Emergency Management Office helps set up the drills; local responders come away with new skills that help them improve how they serve the public.

All agencies involved in today’s drill are expected to gather mid-day to review how the annual exercise went.

Firefighters lead "victims" from the Fort Pierre boat ramp to be treated by medical personnel.

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