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posted: 4/26/2013 5:18 PM

Geneva Dist. 304 conducts emergency response drill

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  • The "walking wounded" are moved to school buses for removal as Geneva school district officials, police and fire departments perform a mass casualty drill Friday at Geneva Middle School South. According to a media handout, the district secured a federal grant for schools to review and strengthen emergency management plans, conduct training and drills, and purchase an emergency notification system and emergency to-go kits for classrooms.

       The "walking wounded" are moved to school buses for removal as Geneva school district officials, police and fire departments perform a mass casualty drill Friday at Geneva Middle School South. According to a media handout, the district secured a federal grant for schools to review and strengthen emergency management plans, conduct training and drills, and purchase an emergency notification system and emergency to-go kits for classrooms.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • "Observers" and district staff get a close-up view as the Geneva Police Department bomb squad sets off a fire ball that started a mass casualty drill Friday at Geneva Middle School South.

       "Observers" and district staff get a close-up view as the Geneva Police Department bomb squad sets off a fire ball that started a mass casualty drill Friday at Geneva Middle School South.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 

The Geneva school district conducted a drill Friday afternoon at Geneva Middle School South to test the emergency response skills of school workers, police officers, firefighters and Delnor Hospital workers.

Students were dismissed at 10:26 a.m. and not involved in the drill, according to the district.

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The drill started at noon with an "explosion" conducted by the Kane County bomb squad. The explosion was visible at the southeast corner of the school.

Victims of the "explosion" were carried out on stretchers.

Dozens and dozens of volunteers, playing an unknown role, lined up and got on school buses, which then sat in the parking lot until at least 1 p.m.

People wearing reflective "school incident command" vests could be seen guiding the volunteers.

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