Several agencies participate in mass casualty training

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CHEYENNE, Wyo.(RELEASE)- Laramie County Fire District #2 partnered with multiple emergency response agencies in Laramie County to create a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) simulation training event on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 5800 North College Drive, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

This is one of several multi-agency training events scheduled during the year in order to prepare Laramie County for any major emergencies or disasters; plus train and maintain proficiency of the professional volunteer firefighters working with other agencies in actual mass casualty scenarios under controlled conditions.

According to Laramie County Fire District #2, what makes this particular fire training different is that it's done at night. Many incidents occur at night and firefighters say they need to “train as we do” so night operations do not create additional problems in safety, equipment usage and firefighting tactics.

City of Cheyenne Fire Rescue Fire Chief Greg Hoggatt says there's an overwhelming feeling when you are in a situation like that. Hoggatt says he has been in several real-life mass casualty events and added, "There's a great feeling that you try to treat everybody, but you can't... you have to approach it systematically, you have to go through quickly."

Fire Chief District #2 Fire Chief Jason Caughey said it's important to work with the multiple agencies to learn how to work together during a major emergency.

Although it doesn't happen often, Caughey says it's important to always be prepared and ready for any type of situation. Caughey said, "This is real world, and if you think back to a couple years ago when we had the I-80 motor accident on the interstate... we had 50 semi-trucks crashed into each other, and those weren't the best conditions." He says training in the night and in cooler temperatures sets up a scenario that agencies would expect on an average day in Wyoming.

Laramie County Fire Districts say officials evaluating during the training event will review what went right and what can be done better. Hoggatt says it's to make sure they can respond and help the community to the best of their ability.