Barry County Emergency Management will hold a full scale exercise of a mass casualty incident Saturday, August 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with approval of the Hastings City Council Monday.
Emergency Management Director Jim Yarger said personnel from Barry County emergency services, police, fire and ambulance, will respond, “stabilizing the situation, triaging and transporting ‘patients’ from the scene.”
The exercise will be held on South Church Street between South Broadway and West Court and West Center streets. West Center will be closed from South Broadway to the entrance to the Hastings City Bank parking lot during the exercise.
To have the last impact on the Saturday Hastings Farmer’s Market, all emergency vehicles will enter the scene from West Center, without lights or sirens, Yarger said.
The location will let responders use the Barry Enrichment Center parking lot and its building for pre-exercise orientation and post incident debriefing and lunch after the event. Responders will obey all traffic laws and an Exercise Safety Officer will oversee the exercise activities.