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Volunteer Victims Help With Pocatello Disaster Drill

In Pocatello a wrecked tour bus on it’s side, was packed with people crying for help this afternoon, all part of an elaborate disaster drill Pocatello emergency responders put together.

Ambulances and fire crews raced to the scene, and had to make it down a steep embankment to get to the site of the tour bus.

Pocatello Fire Chief Mike Irwin said it was important to do everything possible to treat this fake disaster just as if it was the real deal.

“It give us that ability to plan through some things we didn’t think about. Obviously when you do these drills you run across things you don’t think about. And this gives us the availability to address them,? Irwin said.

EMTs and firefighters had to first deal with getting the pretend injured out of the dented and wrecked bus, while many cried and screamed in pretend pain.

Irwin said for the most common emergencies local departments work like well-oiled machines, but in big disasters crews from all over have to figure out how to work together.

“But if we do it in a drill setting, obviously it makes it much easier when you’re in the real world setting, because you’ve worked with those people, you know what to expect, and it works very very well,? Irwin said.

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