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Photo gallery: Astoria student’s senior project stresses disaster preparation

First responders train for mass casualty event
By Colin Murphey

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 17, 2018 8:29AM

Cars piled up with mock victims inside provide a realistic experience for first responders during a mass casualty drill.

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Cars piled up with mock victims inside provide a realistic experience for first responders during a mass casualty drill.

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Firefighters with the Lewis and Clark Volunteer Fire Department transport a mock victim to a waiting ambulance during the exercise.

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Firefighters with the Lewis and Clark Volunteer Fire Department transport a mock victim to a waiting ambulance during the exercise.

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Emily Herndon, right, comforts a young person playing the role of a victim of a vehicle crash during a training exercise she designed and organized.

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Emily Herndon, right, comforts a young person playing the role of a victim of a vehicle crash during a training exercise she designed and organized.

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Volunteers wear makeup with fake blood and prosthetics to enhance the realism of the drill.

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Volunteers wear makeup with fake blood and prosthetics to enhance the realism of the drill.

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First responders treat one of the ‘victims’ of last weekend’s mass casualty training exercise.

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First responders treat one of the ‘victims’ of last weekend’s mass casualty training exercise.

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‘Victims’ pretending to be pinned in the vehicles presented a challenge to extrication efforts by firefighters.

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‘Victims’ pretending to be pinned in the vehicles presented a challenge to extrication efforts by firefighters.

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Rescue personnel prepare to remove a ‘victim’ from underneath a vehicle during mass casualty training.

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Rescue personnel prepare to remove a ‘victim’ from underneath a vehicle during mass casualty training.

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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.













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