Hundreds of first responders and volunteer victims will participate in a this afternoon on the St. Croix River in Stillwater.
The Scenario: As many as 300 people—including at least 90 volunteer victims—will play out a training situation in which a wedding party aboard a paddleboat is involved in a major accident at about 4:30 p.m. on the St. Croix River. Police, firefighters, ambulances and dive teams will respond.
The Cast: Volunteers will role-play as wedding guests on board a riverboat provided by St. Croix Boat and Packet Company. Some of the volunteers will act as injured patients to be rescued, transported and cared for at hospitals on both sides of the river. Others will act as non-injured patients and will be brought to a Family Assistance Center, where they will be cared for and ultimately reunited with loved ones.
Participating Agencies: Agencies participating in the exercise include the Stillwater police and fire, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Lakeview Hospital, St. Croix County law enforcement agencies, the American Red Cross and Medical Reserve Corps.
- Unified Incident Command between responding agencies and business
- Rescue Operations – Fire agencies/Dive Teams
- Recovery Operations – Sheriff’s Office/ Dive Teams
- Care/transport of injured to hospitals – Emergency Medical Services/Ambulances
- Emergency medical care – Hospitals
- Security – Law Enforcement agencies
- Family Assistance Center Operation – Emergency Management, Community Services, American Red Cross and Medical Reserve Corps
Preparedness: The exercise is funded Homeland Security Grants and is done in conjunction with National Preparedness month. This training is a way for emergency responders to network and prepare for an actual emergency with numerous responding agencies, businesses and hospitals.
Planning: Following the training exercise, responders, emergency management teams and other disaster-assistance agencies will analyze what went right, what went wrong and what could be improved.