PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre area residents will note emergency responders around Riggs High School today, but the activity is for drill purposes only. Several different law enforcement agencies, Avera St. Mary’s Healthcare Center, American Medical Response ambulance and the Pierre School District are coordinating to put on a full-scale exercise, which is scheduled to begin around 10:00 a.m. at Riggs. Pierre Police Captain Dave Panzer says the scenario of the exercise involves a “critical incident” at the school and he advises people that have scanners that they will hear police and ambulance traffic on the devices-talking about the supposed emergency.
Panzer also says ambulances and medical teams will be at the school with law enforcement personnel, treating individuals who have “mock injuries” and the area around the school will be closed to the public during the drill.
Signs are to be posted around the school advising of the drill, which is scheduled to last until sometime around 2:00 p.m. today. The Hughes/Stanley County Emergency Manager organizes a full scale exercise each year. The events are held to allow law enforcement and other personnel to determine their proficiency in responding to a large scale emergency. The agencies also get a chance to practice coordinating a multiple agency response to critical incidents.
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