• 91°
franklin county times

Students, hospital, RFD take part in disaster drill

By Staff
Jason Houston FCT Managing Editor
The scenario was chilling and realistic - students attending a local tennis tournament find an unattended book bag. They open it, causing a sudden explosion and release of a fine mist that turns out to be a nerve agent.
Thankfully, it was all just a drill, but the Russellville Fire and Police Departments, along with Russellville Hospital, treated it just like the real thing.
The drill, held at the tennis courts behind the Russellville Park and Recreation Center, identified some areas the various departments need to work on, which is exactly what Fire Chief Joe Mansell and Fire Marshal Bobby Malone wanted to see.
The drill was part of routine training for the fire department and hospital. Both entities are required to conduct several such drills each year. Wednesday's scenario involved 27 mock victims, played by students from Russellville High School who are involved in HOSA, or Health Occupation Students of America. The group is led by Lavonda Sparks, who assisted in coordinating the students' involvement.
The Russellville police also played a role - blocking off the area and assisting in securing the scene.
Students, who were treated as hazardous materials victims, were given individual scenarios as to the extent of their injuries and whether they were able to walk after the mock accident.
Those who could walk were placed together away from the "hot zone," or scene of the explosion, into a "warm zone" where they awaited individual decontamination via a real water shower - not a treat on an unusually cool day.
After all the participating firemen and mock patients had gone through the de-con shower, the mock patients were transported to the hospital via ambulance.
Malone said the drill gave some of the newer firemen some great training for such a disaster.

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: Veteran Spotlight – Tony Chard

News

Car show benefit helps raise needed funds

News

Russellville High School varsity cheerleaders attend UCA cheer camp

Franklin County

NWSCC receives $18,000 in grants from Dollar General Literacy Foundation

News

Russellville equine therapy visits library program

News

Steam locomotive delivery to Red Bay delayed, arrives July 1

News

Local author holds book signing at RPL

Franklin County

Former Russellville resident performs ‘Miracle Worker’

News

Presenting: Miss Phil Campbell

Franklin County

All American Tang Soo Do students recognized

News

Russellville High School students sign to pursue fine arts careers

Franklin County

Football Funday, special needs probowl take place June 15

Galleries

PHOTOS: RMS students take the stage for spring sing

News

Russellville member named among finalists for GFWC Jennie Award

East Franklin

East Franklin Junior High celebrates May 21 graduation

Belgreen

Belgreen Class of 2024 celebrates graduation

Franklin County

Local churches plan Vacation Bible School programs

Galleries

PHOTOS: Tharptown High School Wildcats graduate

Galleries

PHOTOS: Phil Campbell High School students graduate

Franklin County

NEMCC announces more than 400 to spring vice president’s list

Franklin County

UNA releases spring dean’s, president’s lists

News

Roxy holds June 15 concert, plans other events

Franklin County

Free summer meal program available at Franklin County Schools

News

PHOTOS: Red Bay High School graduates celebrate

x