Cherokee County First Responders Take Part in Training Exercises on Friday


A full-scale mass casualty training exercise took place early Friday morning with part of the exercise taking place at the Gaylesville 4-way stop and another part of the exercise happening at Gaylesville School.

The scenario started out as a reckless driver call that was initially dispatched to law enforcement. As a result of the reckless driving vehicle, a two vehicle accident occurred. The accident involved the reckless driving vehicle and a school bus with the school bus overturning. The driver of the reckless driving vehicle fled on foot which ultimately resulted in a “Law Enforcement Situation” at Gaylesville School.

“While we hope this never happens, our emergency response personnel has to be ready and prepared to respond to and deal with all types of emergencies or disasters”, says Cherokee County Emergency Management Director Shawn Rogers. Rogers says, “overall the training exercise went really well and we were able to identify some things we done well and some areas that need improvement.” From this training exercise, we will go back to the office, put everything together, make the necessary adjustments and begin planning for the next one.

Director Rogers wants to thank all of the volunteers from Atrium Health Floyd who played the role of our victims/patients. Without their participation, this exercise would not have been as successful as it was. Many thanks also goes to those who attended the meetings and helped get everything put together so today could be a success.

Members from the Cherokee County Rescue Squad, Gaylesville Fire, Broomtown Fire, Cedar Bluff Fire, and Centre Fire, Atrium Floyd EMS, Atrium Floyd Cherokee Medical Center, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar Bluff Police Department, Cherokee County Coroner’s Office, Cherokee 911, and Cherokee County Emergency Management participated in the training exercise.

We wish to thank EVERYONE that took part in Friday’s training exercises, and for making Cherokee County a Safe Place to both LIVE and to VISIT

(Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency)

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