EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - The saying goes practice makes perfect and when disasters happen, emergency crews want to make sure they have the training to give you the help you need.
An all-day drill held at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport Monday was meant to prepare crews from around the area for a mass casualty situation.
The drill held tonight happens once every three years to meet FAA guidelines but emergency crews say the training could lead to lives saved in a real life situation.
Imagine coming to a scene with 31 victims and a plane on the runway with smoke and flames.
It’s a scene first responders hope they'll never have to see but when it happens they want to make sure they're ready
“It’s important that we have communication and we perfect that in training scenarios so we can employ that when we need to,” Eau Claire Deputy Chief Chris Bell said.
The victims at Monday’s training scenario were volunteers -- their injuries spelled out on the cards around their necks.Things like consciousness, blood pressure is and even if they didn't survive
“We rescued victims in the airplane that were trapped inside all the other victims that were spread out on the ground we started a triage and we identified those that needed immediate attention and those that needed assistance a little later on,” Bell said.
“The fields are rough and there is no cushion on the board,” mock victim Jim Anthony said.
For Anthony, his role was to play a victim who was in shock.
“The challenge of the first responders to determine who really needs help and who doesn't and there was a lot of people out there and realizing I was just dazed and confused,” Anthony said.
Anthony was one of 31 mock victims scattered throughout the field, each one had to be checked out by first responders to determine which victims needed the most care. This was all happening with the real pressure of flames nearby.
“It’s critical that we have a good communication and good organization to that communication,” Bell said.
Its communication that first responders say can make all the difference when lives are on the line.