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Area fire departments and rescuers respond to mock tornado in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2010

More from the drill in La Salle. – More from the drill in La Salle.

         A tornado cuts a swath across La Salle, leaving a school a pile of rubble with children and sports spectators inside.  It didn’t really happened, but that was the scenario created for an emergency response drill in La Salle Thursday evening.

          Fire fighters, police, and other responders were being tested and trained to handle multiple serious situations.

          They pretended that Trinity Catholic Academy had collapsed with about 50 people inside, 15 trapped.  At the same time, they handled a crash between a car and semi that caused dangerous hydrochloric acid to spill.

          Fire crews from Utica, Troy Grove, Oglesby and other communities soon began gathering near Eureka Savings Bank while the ESDA commander center parked near the old post office.  Paramedics treated children being carried out of the school.

          Meanwhile, a hazmat crew cleaned up chemical spill.

          The drill included how they would handle reporters and people wanting information.  Aldermen Diz Demes and John Lavieri acted as the information officers, keeping reporters updated.

          In all, about 20 kids acted as the injured and hundreds of rescue workers participated.  Sarah Stasik from the local Red Cross chapter was there coordinating the opening of an emergency shelter at LP High School.

          It was only a drill.

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