CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WCMH) – First responders practice for moments like what happened at the Ross Correctional Institution. Fire Chief Jeffrey Creed said his team was ready.
“It’s the day to day stuff we do all the time as far as taking care of patients on a much larger scale where we are dealing with a lot of patients at one time,” said Creed.
These types of large chaotic situations are what his teams constantly practices for.
“Every year we do an exercise with our county EMA. It usually involves some hazardous materials and a large number of patients to help us to be familiar with these kinds of things,” said Creed.
The Chillicothe Fire Department wasn’t the primary responder. They were there to assist Union Township Fire. But they indeed had a great responsibility.
“Someone to run the scene. Somebody to manage the assets as they come in, make sure we got the right people coming, make sure we got all the right equipment,” said Creed.
Looking at how they responded to this scene, he is proud of his team.
“For all of us, the next time we practice, it would put a little bit more reality into it for us. Maybe we’ll be a little more focused and try to learn lessons from things we can do better,” said Creed.