When it came time for Astoria High School student Emily Herndon to put together her senior project, she decided to do something that could mean the difference between life and death.
Herndon is a volunteer firefighter with the Lewis and Clark Volunteer Fire Department, so she designed and organized a mass casualty training exercise.
First responders from Lewis and Clark and Warrenton participated in the drill, which involved three vehicles and nearly a dozen mock victims. Firefighters practiced removing victims from pulverized cars, even cutting the roof off one to extricate the passengers.
Herndon said she was motivated by a desire to have multiple local departments trained in how to coordinate the response to a mass casualty event.