Local agencies, hospitals train for emergency

Organizers said they simulated responses to an active threat and mass casualty incident.

Posted: May 24, 2018 4:37 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- More than a dozen local agencies and hospitals are better prepared tonight for an emergency after a three-day training at Autzen Stadium.

Organizers said they simulated responses to an active threat and mass casualty incident.

They said the training is especially important now because of the violent threats we've seen recently across the country.
The purpose of the drill is to continue refining their emergency tactics and coordination between the different agencies in case there is ever a violent scenario.

"Law enforcement is trained to stop the killing, and fire and EMS is trained to stop the dying,” said JoAnna Kamppi, Eugene Springfield Fire’s Emergency Medical Services Chief. “Until we marry those two together for a response into an active violent incident, we can stop the killing, but we can't necessarily stop the dying if the two are not married together."

She said she appreciates the more than 100 volunteers who took part acting as staged victims for responders to assess and move.

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