GARVIN - The scene was horrendous. A drunk driver hit a van at an intersection in the sleepy little town of Garvin, killing and injuring 11 people total. Fortunately, it was a drill.
Fire fighters and first responders from Garvin, Amiret and Balaton had a joint drill with a helicopter from North Memorial Hospital in Redwood Falls flying in to practice landing, loading and taking off with an injured accident victim.
"It's nice to have these small communities practice these real-life things that can happen," said Dasha Mumm, president of Amiret First Responders. "Last year we did a bus crash, and it's nice to practice with the ARMER (emergency radio) system."
Photo by Steve Browne
Fire fighters and first responders from Garvin, Amiret and Balaton had a realistic training drill simulating a two-vehicle accident in Garvin on Tuesday evening.
Amiret First Responder Dasha Mumm tends to Sheri Towne from Garvin who volunteered to be an accident “victim” in the drill.
The victims' roles were played by local residents make up to grisly effect.
"This one is a drunk driver," said Amanda Labat, Garvin fire fighter and first responder. "She hit this van broadside."
The "drunk driver," local resident Sheri Towne, sat in the ambulance entirely unconcerned about the triage tag she was wearing that listed her as dead on arrival of cranial injuries and collapsed lungs.
Ashley Freeburg from Garvin First Responders organized the event. Garvin and the participating communities used their own funds for training.
"We're making sure we're keeping up on our skills," Freeburg said.