A call came across the scanners, at promptly 11 a.m. Wednesday, advising of a four-car trail derailment with multiple injuries along the Thunder Mountain Line between Horseshoe Bend and Emmett. Fortunately, the call was just a drill.
More than a dozen county and state agencies participated in the disaster training, including and emergency response agencies from both Gem County and Boise County.
What Im hoping to gain from the Sheriffs department, says Ben Roeber, Boise County sheriff, is how do we work with the neighboring agencies? How do we handle an incident that quickly overwhelms our resources...and the logistics associated with that.
IN PHOTO, Horseshoe Bend Rescue volunteers and Gem County EMS team up to transport actor Lucas McFarlin compound fractured femur to a waiting ambulance.
About 30 students from Centennial Job Corps played the injured passengers. It was awesome, says Logan Voller, a CNA student who had a fake gruesome injury. The entire time was a learning experience....Id recommend volunteering for stuff like this for anyone.
Mitch Harris, director of safe operating practice for Idaho Northern and Pacific Railway, is quick to point out that the Thunder Mountain train has never derailed. But, he says, We take the approach that if were prepared, were prepared. If were not, were not.
In the first responder world, training never stops. Were always looking for something to train on," he said.