St. Charles County first responders hold mass casualty drill

A scary sight in Wentzville today: school buses piled up and trauma patients everywhere. Luckily, it was all a drill.

WENTZVILLE, MO. - It was a scary sight in Wentzville -- school buses piled up and trauma patients everywhere.

Luckily, it was all a drill. 

If you see lots of emergency crews in your neighborhood, it's normally not a good sign. But after a long day of training, crews in St. Charles County are better prepared for a disaster.

After a series of tragedies involving school buses, St. Charles County emergency departments decided to practice their response. Using dozens of dummies and several live volunteers they re-created a highway pileup involving cars and school buses. The training gets them in gear, but also makes the school districts think about what they should do.

"The name of the game today is cooperation. Situations like these don't happen in silos. We have to come together to work on these scenarios because in a real situation that's what it's going to be," said St. Charles County ambulance district spokesperson, Kyle Gaines.

This scenario took months to set up and prepare.

It's something emergency teams do every year in St. Charles County.  Last year they prepared for a mass shooter.

 

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