Deputies from the Hemet Sheriff’s Station conducted a mass casualty drill at Idyllwild School Tuesday, Nov. 26. Those in attendance included deputies from the Thermal Sheriff’s Station, Sheriff’s Enforcement Bureau, California Highway Patrol, Hemet Police Department, Cal Fire, American Medical Response and Idyllwild Fire.
The drill involved role players portraying casualties and witnesses. This exercise gave first responders hands-on practice and training.
Law enforcement, fire departments and EMS conducted the training together and within their respective departments.
The exercise followed a successful interagency protocol being used all over the nation.
“It’s always important to train with our fellow first responders in order to understand the various forms of training provided to everyone,” according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department post on Facebook. “Thank you to Sheriff’s Explorer Post 378 for participating in the drill. A big thank you to Idyllwild School for allowing us to use the site and Hemet Unified School District for the use of school equipment.”
Diane Sieker can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.