Watch: Emergency Responders Answer Call To "Plane Crash"
It was only a test - a school bus was the "airplane," and the victims were just acting the part.
But the lessons Saturday for fire departments and rescue squads from several north country communities were quite real.
First responders practiced Saturday morning at Watertown International Airport: the scenario, an airplane off the runway, with 25 people on board.
Crew practiced evaluating patients - who's most seriously hurt, who needs attention now, who can wait - treating them, and getting them to hospitals for more care.
"We need to practice this sort of training," said Bruce Wright of Guilfoyle Ambulance. "It doesn't happen every day, so we're better prepared to get things right the first time."
The results of Saturday's work will be put into a report and distributed to the squads and departments who particpated.
To see some of the drill, and learn more about it, click on the picture to watch 7 News reporter Candace Dunkley's story.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015, Watertown, NY
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