Nov 15, 2012 4:03 PM by Van Nguyen

Emergency drill held to test disaster preparedness

TUCSON - It's important to be prepared for any emergency.

Practicing emergency responses can save lives.

That's why a dozen agency participated in a drill Thursday.

The drill started at 7am and goes on until 3pm and it involves several agencies, including Tucson Police, Fire and even Sun Tran.

The scene at Hi Corbett Field looks like a horror movie, with people bleeding everywhere.

About 100 students from the University of Arizona volunteered to be patients for the exercise.

In the simulation, an explosion went off and caused massive injuries to dozens of people.

Emergency responders have to work together to determine how many patients they have, how severe their injuries are and how to transport them to area hospitals.

Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker explains why the drill was necessary.

He says, "the only way you can really prepare is to have real time exercise. You can put it on a piece of paper and act like it's going to work out but until you actually do it, you don't know if it'll work."

Captain Baker says they will assess what they did right and what they did wrong so they can be prepared for any disaster.


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