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Disaster drill helps first responders stay prepared


Caleb Vierkant/ Wrangell Sentinel

Jordan Buness answers his radio while checking on the condition of Loretta Rice, one of the participants in last Tuesday's disaster drill. Rice was one of the "walking wounded," only sustaining a few cuts and bruises that were simulated with fake blood and makeup.

Fire, smoke, and sirens could all be seen and heard at the Wrangell airport last Tuesday afternoon. While there was no real emergency, the situation was meant to simulate one. A disaster drill was held on the airport's runway. According to Airport Manager Willie Bloom, the drill is a triennial event in Wrangell and is required by the FAA. He said the drill is meant to be an opportunity for the Department of Transportation, the Wrangell Fire Department, and the city's medical services be better prepared to collaborate in an actual emergency.

"It makes sense to combine, obviously, with the fi...

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