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Being prepared in case of disaster

BRIAN BOHNERT / the Review Times

Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno stands at a centralized command center at Good Shepherd Home Thursday, awaiting instructions on a fictional train derailment during a tabletop disaster drill exercise hosted by CSX and Compliance Associates, a CSX consultant out of Florida. Officials from Fostoria Police Department, Fostoria Fire Division, Seneca County Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross, Good Shepherd Home and ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital joined CSX at the nursing home for a training drill designed to test and evaluate: resource management; incident command; incident assessment; emergency public information; and, hospital services. The scenario involved the derailment of a train at U.S. 23 and Columbus Avenue carrying 110 manifested rail cars, four locomotive units and hazardous materials. Each participant was armed with various documents, radios, telephones and resources available to get the chaotic emergency managed in the first three hours of the fictional disaster taking place. Following the training drill, the consulting firm critiqued the performance of those involved.

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