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4B Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter County fire departments lE00a00n from crash simulation Imagine you are a first responder pulling up on the scene of an accident with a bus with multiple victims. How do you size this up, get organized and prioritize treatment of patients? Plumas County fire departments recently staged a large evening simulation to practice those skills, using an old surplus school bus and many volunteers who performed having different levels of injuries. The drill was held at the 'Quincy Fire Protection District training lot, and included responders from local fire departments and Plumas District Hospital. Firefighters, ambulance, law enforcement and hospital personnel all received training in advance on the "MCI START" system, which stands for mass or multiple casualty incident simple triage and rapid treatment. The START system is used across the country and trains responders to quickly check three things: breathing, circulation and consciousness of each victim. Each victim is then assigned :: INSIDE THE FIREHOUSE TOM FOBSTER Assistant Fire Chief Plumas Eureka Fire Department and tagged in one of four color-coded triage levels. The process helps identify additional resources needed and guides and prioritizes treatment as best as possible with what is available. Those tagged with green, also known as the "walking wounded," have minor injuries and can leave the incident area, walking to a designated treatment area alone. Those tagged with yellow are considered "delayed treatment," assigned to those who have non-life-threatening injuries, but cannot get to a treatment area alone. Red tags are assigned to those with major See Firehouse, page 5B Responders work together to load up a "patient" for transport to the hospital. Photos courtesy Julie Cassou The scenario is that a pickup truck had hit a school bus and knocked it over. Responders stabilized the scene and,performed START, t )n and initial treatment. ,  i, ,, :,,'.,, ,::  ........ Love Wednesdwfs! "That's when I grab a cup of coffee and my local hometown newspaper!" "I've been publishing my poetry in the Plumas County i newspapers since April, 2013 and their pricing is very affordable! The advertising staff is helpful, easy to work with & I enjoy the many encouraging phone calls I've received from readers." Thanks Feather Publishing! FEATH..ZE R J  " "":':-i L.=.,_ '''' 287 Lawrence Street, Quincy, CA 283-0800 00,,RECoan Gl'eenville, CA 258-3115 00P01TOI, I IIP01TII 96 E. Sierra (Hwy 70), Portola, CA 832-4646 135 Main Street, Chester, CA 258-3115 I Julie Cassou, center, of the Quincy Fire Department Support Team, applies makeup to simulate injuries. She led the victim preparation and moulage efforts prior to the drill. You know visitors are coming... invite them to stop by your business bY placing your ad in the PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE Look for us at your business soon...your LOCAL newspaper advertising representative is looking forward to working with you! 287 Lawrence St., .Quincy Call our Chester office 135 Main St., Chester 96 E. Sierra (Hwy 70), Portola 283-0800 258-3115 258-3115 832-4646 Our agents have the knowledge and expertise to assist your business with a successful insurance plan. i 't