Mass-casualty exercise planned at Hunt Valley light rail station

August 13, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

More than 150 volunteers will act as victims during a training exercise tomorrow in Hunt Valley.

After nine months of planning, only hurricane-related weather could derail Baltimore County's mass-casualty exercise, said Richard Muth, the county's director of emergency management.

The drill will run from 8 a.m. to noon at the Hunt Valley light rail station and will involve the county's public works, police and fire departments. The Maryland Transit Administration, Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Franklin Square Hospital Center also will participate.

Shawan Road, between York and McCormick roads, will be closed from 7 a.m. until the end of the operation. However, the Hunt Valley Towne Centre will remain open.

Muth said emergency workers involved in the drill are watching the weather forecasts and will cancel the operation only if the county is hit with severe weather such as flooding.

"It looks like we'll have a break in the weather when we need to have a break," Muth said.

Muth said he would make the decision about whether to carry out the drill at 5 p.m. today.

The last large training exercise that involved multiple county departments was held in May last year at the Metro station in Milford Mill. It involved a simulated collision of a train and a truck filled with chemicals.

Details of tomorrow's exercise are being kept secret so that it remains realistic to emergency workers, Muth said.

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