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Updated: 4/30/2013 3:39 pm
PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) -- "We like for things to be as real and thick as possible," the words of Christi Littlejohn the Pontotoc County Public Information Officer.

Emergency crews of all kinds from Pontotoc County and some surrounding areas performed what is called a "Full Scale Exercise" to prepare themselves in case of an emergency.

"We did have a simulated Airplane crash and we did use a school bus because we actually brought in patients," said Littlejohn.

The patients in this case were students from Jerri Montgomery's Health Science class which teaches emergency management and emergency health care.

"We have the kits which help them do fake blood and the fake limbs and all of those kinds of things so it really gives them a good feel for the emergency management people," said Montgomery.

Senior Zilmillia Pittman participated in the simulation for the second time Tuesday.

"I had a lower left fracture, a compact fracture my whole left side is paralyzed I had a head injury my back is out of whack and my neck is tingling," said Pittman.

Officials say simulations are crucial to afford Law Enforcement and Emergency crews an opportunity to practice.

"We pick a scenario that would be realistic- that is possible- that you hope would never happen, but if it does you want to see what kind of response time you have who's going to respond and what are they going to do when they get there," said Todd Demuth the Exercise Officer of the Office of Preparedness for MEMA.

During the simulation 6 evaluators were present taking extensive notes. Once the simulation was complete, crews met to have a critique session to get feedback on areas they excelled in and areas they need to improve on.

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