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Wednesday, Nov. 21,2001 rBB Inside . ectlmll B O Arts&Entertainment 00pini & Letters to the Editor VitaLs m does trial continued plan morning statewide "disas- Chester Almanor Basin. response sounding the a.m. for a major event Emergency /: earns from the Department; engines from oth- departments, District; Plumas County ; the Highway Patrol; material Susanville were a major "accident" on Highway 36 a truck driver of his vehicle, Local flrofilpl ers and emergency rmqpxomee teams a van carrying youths and care District Hospital as soon one, throughout the state, re- the Almanor as a safe route was foundceived written scenarios building at through the back roads offrom the state of California. and exploded in- Chester. The original scene included The driver of the van dur- emergency events that were personnel ing the exercise, Desaraythe result of a terrorist at- simulated vic- Sayre, was later helicopter tack, including life.threaten- manufacturing lifted out of Chester and was ing toxic chemicals. escaped with mi- pronounced "dead" on ar- The emergency response One employ- rival at Enloe Hospital in format was modified to fit was reported Chico. Desaray's mother, more realistic possibilities of to be hystert- Glenda Turna'ge, arrived at disastrous events that could med{cal techni- Seneca in time to accompany occur in Chester. restraints her daughter to Chico. The drill is expected to run him to As soon as the last simulat, again in the spring for the observation and ed crash victim was received hospital's blann external at the local hospital, the hos- drill requirements. Internal of the truck and pital also sheltered in place, drills for the hospital are run employees were There was no time to evacu- quarterly. dead at the ate the building and all doors One major area of improve- and windows were closed and merit for next year will in- drill developed, secured. No one was able to volve the initial scanner Personnel were come in or get out. The hospi- alert. The announcement to a plume tal experienced a disruption that was broadcast.Nov. 15 chemical of communications when the apparently did not meet the plant, local telephorie system failed strict standards for the drill Chief Jay Neu- from an overload between format. The word "drill" was a public an- the hours of 9:30 and 11:45 not included in the broadcast for all Chester a.m. Nursing staff were able announcement enough times. to "shelter in to communicate with outside Some response teams did not emergency services by cell hear the word drill at all and were advised to phone, however, responded immediately, be- they were, close A reporter from the lieving the event was real. and doors and Chester Progressive was es- McCurdy said the Lake Al- out until the all- corted out of the hospital's manor High School students announced. Local emergency room by hospital return each year for the dis- Sheriff pa- security staff after she was aster drill and their help is neighbor- discovered taking pictures of appreciated. Student victims made public the nurses treating the sur- were Desaray Sayre, Crystal rnents with loudviving, simulated crash vic- Robertson, Sheena Crawford, to stay tirns. John Ross and Danyell By noon, everything was Strong. Highway back to normal. The un- McCurdy also said that no Caltrans closed known (fictitious) chemical one can know what will hap- 6 in and out of fumes were determined notpen, one day to the next, and all traffic was di- to be toxic, the Lake Almanor the drills often mirror real- from town. Fire Department stayed atlife situations at the hospital. Fire Depart- the scene to assist the Ip an emergency Chester department until the the site of the fire was out and the hospital Neuman said was open and back to normal were so se- operations. zt Was not safe to Linda McCurdy, Seneca's nYone from the environmental services man- nature of the ager and disaster drill coordi- nator, said the statewide dis- from aster drill was a good educa- High School tional experience and the at the scene and hospital staff did very well. neca Health- McCurdy said that every- m.m Junior -victim" in a n.,--nahters statewicle disaster from the Chester Fire drill Nov. 16. Department gtood by early Photos by Lic l lu111ml.lw West team that II Fire Department was part of rolled to the site of Chester's Lake Aimaner High School student emergency room by Jim Danleis, RN. "victim" were given medical treatment at the Seneca HeaJtheme DIsIrj /