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By Dan Rudy 

Disaster drill puts city services to the test

 

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Firefighters check the vitals of a volunteer pretending to be incapacitated as other rescuers comb the surrounding gravel piles for those in need.

On the afternoon of May 4, disaster seemingly struck at the rock quarry north of Wrangell Airport. Vehicles were aflame, pouring a column of smoke into the sunny sky as dozens of wounded lay scattered around the piles of stone and sand awaiting aid.

Within minutes emergency vehicles are on the scene, with pumper trucks from the airport and Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department dousing the wreckage and emergency medical technicians coordinating with firefighters to identify and prepare victims for treatment. Responders broke into small groups and combed the area for survivors. Those able to wal...



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