FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Emergency Manager for Hughes and Stanley counties says yesterday’s Emergency Response drill went well. Rob Fines says various emergency agencies were called to help with a mock drill that originated on LaFramboise Island. Fines says organizers had taken about ten teens to the island before the drill started and officials were called to the scenario that the group had broken into a well house there and got into some chemicals. They also needed to be “rescued” from the island, which right now is not accessible by land because of damage to the causeway by last year’s flooding. Fines says responders were contacted about the mock drill just after eight Thursday morning and the exercise concluded before noon.
Fines says choosing LaFramboise Island as the target location for the drill was done to include responders with the rescue squad.
Before the drill started, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department transported “victims” and supplies to the island and the Pierre Fire Department’s Rescue Squad went by boat from Fort Pierre to the island to transport them back 2-3 people at a time. AMR crews treated and transported the “victims” to the hospital as needed. Fines says another emergency preparedness drill may be done sometime in the next six months to a year.
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