Mass casualties help emergency responders

(WEAU) – Broken ankles, bruises and internal bleeding are just a few situations local paramedics, EMTS and firefighters responded to out on the Country Fest grounds.

"We use the same process all the time and by practicing, people feel more comfortable when a real event occurs," said Dennis Brown, Chippewa County Emergency Management.

Dennis Brown says its just additional practice to get hands on experience for already certified responders.

"We've got some of the local fire departments out here, ones that would respond out to this area if a storm came through," said Brown.

About 140 volunteers showed up to assist.

The victims got papers to describe injuries, which allowed responders to then treat them.

"I love it, love volunteering, I love being out in the community," said volunteer victim, Jennifer Clark.

Emergency responders used ATVS and ambulances to pick up victims.

They were then taken to the treatment center and organized by injury.

The most severe were taken to a mock hospital.

Security from the Chippewa Valley Music Festivals was also there to observe.

"We were all for it, because god forbid anything did happen you know that we were all ready to go for the safety of our attendees,” said General Manager Wade Asher of the Chippewa Valley Music Festivals.

He says the day not only helps the responders but also his security for any disaster.

"I think it’s very helpful, we don't want to be in the way of any EMTS or fire departments," said Asher.


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