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Emergency responders and students prepare for disasters at MUW

The Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency held its annual disaster preparedness drill at Mississippi University For Women on Friday.

Posted: Sep 9, 2019 9:56 AM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency held its annual disaster preparedness drill at Mississippi University For Women on Friday.

Emergency responders tested their capabilities by training in a building fire scenario at Cromwell Hall.

Assistant Fire Chief Duane Hughes led groups of nursing students through the smokey halls.

After safely navigating the smoke, the firefighters performed search and rescue missions.

Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant had a mobile morgue to tend to the four "fatalities" in the drill.

Battalion Chief Mike Gibson said the drill is a necessity to emergency responders and to the community.

Citizens can be assured that if a fire or any incident happens in Lowndes County, local and state agencies can handle it.

To top it all off, Care Flight landed a helicopter to teach the students how to treat and transport a patient.

Columbus police, MUW campus police, the Red Cross, Mississippi EMA, Baptist Memorial Hosptial, and other local and state agencies participated in the drill.

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