SALT LAKE CITY — First responders and area hospitals will test their capabilities under stressful circumstances during a mass casualty exercise, Tuesday. Motorists near and employees on Camp Williams and St. Mark’s Hospital may notice exercise activities with large numbers of first responders and they need to know it’s only a drill.
In light of the recent shooting incident in Las Vegas, we expect the public will be interested to know that Utah is preparing for a similar incident.
The Salt Lake Valley fire chiefs have put together a training alliance that conducts an annual exercise to build response capabilities. This drill has been in the works for more than a year. This will also give the participating hospitals a chance to practice their medical surge operations.
Signage will be posted near exercise locations to alert passing motorists of exercise activities.
Emergency preparedness isn’t just for residents. First responders need to conduct training for extreme events to identify weaknesses in training or procedures. This is part of fulfilling the trust residents put in responders in the form of tax dollars.