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Authorities plan mass casualty training drill 

training drillThe City of Paso Robles is hosting a large scale hazardous materials/multiple casualty incident training drill at the Paso Robles Event Center on Wednesday, Jan. 21.

The drill will begin at 9 a.m. and continue through noon at the event center, Paso Robles Emergency Operations Center, Twin Cities Community Hospital and Sierra Vista Hospital. At the locations in the city of Paso Robles several key objectives will be evaluated. These objectives include:

  1. Evaluate Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services response capabilities to a large scale event.
  2. Evaluate City of Paso Robles’ ability to stand‐up their Emergency Operations Center.
  3. Evaluate the SLO County Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team.
  4. Evaluate the SLO County Mass Casualty Incident Plan

Planned scenario

The scenario involves a vehicle accident on Highway 101 near Highway 46 during a major horse show at the event center. One of the vehicles involved in the accident is transporting a highly concentrated pesticide that is released into the event center causing approximately 50 injuries. High school students and North County CERT Team members will be playing the role of patients.

Participating agencies include Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services, Paso Robles Police Department, Templeton Fire Department, Atascadero Fire Department, CalFire/SLO County Fire Department, San Luis Ambulance Service, San Luis Obispo County Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team, California Highway Patrol, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, San Luis Obispo County Public Health Agency, San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture, Paso Robles High School and the North County Community Emergency Response Team.

Interested community members are welcome to attend the training drill at the event center. Please access the Paso Robles Event Center via the Rodeo Gate.

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