Observer staff

The La Grande Police Department released a final notice for the community that on Aug. 12 local public safety agencies will be partnering with Grande Ronde Hospital, the La Grande School District and the Center for Human Development in a scenario-based training exercise that will simulate a mass casualty incident.

This training will exercise the response, collaboration and incident command protocols of local police officers and medical personnel; the rescue, collection and transport of injured persons; and the triage, treatment and tracking of injured persons.

The training exercise will be located on K Avenue in front of La Grande High School and at Grande Ronde Hospital. During the exercise, K Avenue between Second Street and Sunset Avenue will be closed to through traffic. The street closure, which will be in effect from noon to 5 p.m., is to provide for the safety of the role players and participants in the exercise. Residents who live within the closure area will be able to travel to and from their residences. There will be signs posted in the area providing notice of the training.

The following agencies and organizations are participating in this exercise:

• Union County Emergency Services

• La Grande Police Department

• Union County Sheriff’s Office

• Oregon State Police

• Grande Ronde Hospital

• Life Flight Network

• City of La Grande Fire Department

• La Grande Rural Fire Department

• Imbler Rural Fire Protection District

• Elgin Ambulance

• La Grande School District

• Center for Human Development

This advisory is intended to apprise the community of this training exercise and street closure, so everyone is aware that this is only a simulation.

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