Major Disaster Drill Set for Sunday

Brian Kelly

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-If you see a lot of fire trucks and police cars around the Scottrade Center Sunday don’t worry, it’s just a drill.

About 300 first responders from numerous agencies from both sides of the river will be taking part in an emergency response exercise. 

St. Louis Fire Department Captain David Neighbors says the exercise will test the ability of the various departments to work together to handle a major emergency, “Communications, interoperability, timing. Who has to do what, when. How to make all the proper notifications so that everybody knows what’s going on.”

It’s the biggest emergency preparedness drill since the one held at Busch Stadium five years ago. Neighbors says agencies are still using the lessons learned then, “Our whole structure, command type structure, of being able to share information back and forth between different units: police, fire, military.”

Sunday’s drill is scheduled to start after 10 a.m. and last most of the day.

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