Students and emergency responders come together for drill

Feb 24, 2014 6:26 PM

When it comes to emergency response, they say you can never be too prepared.

And Monday afternoon, emergency crews from across Butte County received the training of a lifetime.

Cal Fire-Butte County hosted an interagency mass casualty incident drill at the Butte County Fairgrounds.

Dozens of Gridley High School students played victims as responders from multiple emergency agencies sharpened their skills during this training.

The goal: Get crews ready to work together during times when their help is needed most.

“When the incident happens, it’s not the time to learn to take care of it,” said Cal Fire-Butte County Capt. Tony Brownell. “So if we get our skills down now, so when it does occur, it’s going to be that much smoother and that much better patient care.”

And teachers hope this message reaches students.

“Those guys who pile into cars, who take off and burn the tires around the corner, might want to be a little more careful and see what’s going on before making a stupid decision,” said John Cooprider, a Gridley High School teacher.

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