Preparing for the worstA mock plane crash drill in a Silver Bay parking lot Monday offered training for emergency responders from around the area – including Silver Bay, Two Harbors, Finland and Brimson.
A mock plane crash drill in a Silver Bay parking lot Monday offered training for emergency responders from around the area – including Silver Bay, Two Harbors, Finland and Brimson. North Shore Oil and Propane and Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Specialists, based out of Hermantown, facilitated the “crash.”
The whole scene was planned using the National Incident Management System, with everyone knowing a role and following a chain of command. Firefighters set up safety zones and controlled the fire while city police provided safety to the public and protected the scene for later investigation.
After the fire was contained, firefighters removed “victims” (humans and dummies) from the aircraft and delivered them to rescue members who provided triage with priority categories according to injury. Ambulance crews then treated them at the scene until they were deemed suitable for transport and sent to hospitals.
BJ Kohlstedt, Lake County emergency management coordinator, said airplane fires burn at about 2,000 degrees while a house fire generally tops out at 800.
“The goal is to get all agencies working together,” Kohlstedt said.
The last reported plane crash in the area was in 1997, when a Duluth-based fighter jet crash-landed north of Two Harbors. The pilot suffered spatial disorientation and died on impact.