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Drill at Placerville hospital to prepare agencies for multiple-casualty incidents

A drill to prepare medical, fire and law enforcement personnel to handle incidents involving multiple casualties will be conducted Thursday at Marshall Medical Center in Placerville.

The drill, scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon, is intended as a learning opportunity for agencies to work together to produce a successful outcome in the case of a mass-casualty incident, according to a news release. It will simulate an actual event as closely as possible, identify opportunities for improvement and test agency processes. The national Incident Command System emergency response protocols will be used to help different agencies use the same language and facilitate communication processes.

Officials said the hospital, at 100 Marshall Way, will be fully operational, and the drill is expected to have minimal effect on medical center’s daily business. Emergency department access will be altered for the drill, with actual patients and ambulances rerouted to a different entrance adjacent to emergency services. Security and law enforcement personnel will be on site to direct patients, and traffic controls will be in place to ensure safety and rapid emergency response for patients and visitors not involved in the training event.

Participating with Marshall Medical Center in the drill will be Cal Fire’s Amador-El Dorado Unit, El Dorado County Fire, El Dorado Hills Fire, Diamond Springs Fire, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services, Placerville Police Department, El Dorado County Public Health, El Dorado County EMS and Union Mine High School.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy