Leelanau County Hosts Bomb Training Drill

Emergency responders rushed to help victims of a bombing during a mass casualty training drill Wednesday night.

An annual event that took nearly 100 people and over a year of planning.

Police, fire and EMS responded to the Leelanau County Courthouse building.

The event was complete with two bombings, which included a simulated nerve gas causing all responders to evacuate, mock press releases and a decontamination of the responders exposed to the gas.

A drill like this prepares responders to work together with other agencies in the case of an emergency.

Everyone involved said this was a great experience.

“It’s always best to be proactive than reactive,” said Eric VanThomme, captain for Suttons bay Bingham Fire Department. “One thing we like to say, train what you do and do what you train. If you do this enough times it just becomes second nature, you’re able to just go in, do your job, help these folks and get out of there and again have the best possible outcome.”

The drill took almost five hours and finished up around 10 p.m.

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