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Regional Agencies Plan Emergency Response Drill

April 19, 2010

On Thurs., April 22, 2010, Roseville residents may see more emergency vehicles than usual, particularly around the Denio’s parking lot and the City of Roseville’s Fire Training Center.

Auburn residents may see additional sheriff’s deputies, Roseville police officers and other law enforcement officials and fire engines near the Chana Gym at the Auburn Regional Park, across from Chana High School.

However, these actions are all occurring as more than two dozen local emergency response agencies conduct the Placer County Multi-Casualty Incident training exercise (called “MCI-2010”). It’s an opportunity for multiple emergency response agencies in Placer County to practice emergency skills while working with numerous agencies under challenging circumstances.

Law enforcement, fire and other participating agencies will gather at the Chana Gym at Auburn Regional Park only to receive exercise instructions. The actual law enforcement training will take place inside closed buildings at the county’s DeWitt Center in North Auburn.

In Roseville, fire and medical personnel will assist a large number of “patients” affected by a “hazardous material leak.” They will receive initial medical care in the Denio’s parking lot and later transported to hospitals in the local area; other “patients” will also “be treated” at local hospitals.

The Placer County Office of Emergency Services is the lead planning agency for the drill, which has been sponsored by the federal Department of Homeland Security.

“The goal of the drill is to enable participating agencies to practice emergency response skills, validate response procedures, try out new equipment and foster cooperative working relationships within the emergency community,” said Young Rodriguez, who is the lead exercise planner from the Placer County Office of Emergency Services. The City of Roseville has also had a major role in exercise planning, along with many other agencies.

Emergency response drill activities will take place from approximately 7:30 a.m. until about 1 p.m. in Roseville and in Auburn.

Participating fire agencies include the Roseville and Rocklin fire departments, CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire; the South Placer, Placer Hills, Loomis, Newcastle and Foresthill fire protection districts, and Sacramento Metro Fire Department.

AMR will send ambulances and CALSTAR will send a helicopter to conduct medical evacuation of the “injured,” while Sutter Auburn Faith, Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Kaiser Roseville Medical Center will participate in treating simulated patients.

Participating law enforcement agencies include the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and the Roseville Police Department.

The American Red Cross will open emergency evacuation shelters in Roseville and Auburn. Roseville Transit will help provide bus and van transportation. Other agencies participating include the Placer County Office of Emergency Services (OES), Placer County and Roseville public information teams, Placer County Executive Office, California Emergency Management Agency, Placer Amateur Radio Emergency Services, Union Pacific Railroad and the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services.

Residents who need additional information may call the Placer County Public Information Office, 530-889-4012 weekdays, or the Placer County Office of Emergency Services, 530-886-5300, on the day of the drill.