Bakersfield College prepares for disaster during Thursday drill

A dozen agencies worked together on drill

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Firefighters, law enforcement and dozens of first responders swarmed Bakersfield College to practice what to do when disaster strikes, Thursday. 

The multi-agency drill began just after 9 a.m. with reports of an explosion and a shooting on campus, said Sergeant Joseph Grubbs with the Bakersfield Police Department.

People trying to get on campus had limited access as the agencies ran through multiple disaster scenarios. 

Officials said today was a chance for local first responders to map out a blueprint of how they will act in case tragedy were to strike. 

Bakersfield College students were asked to help as the casualties as well as hostages in the scenarios. 

"I played a guy that was blown up," said one BC student. 

The elaborate exercise included a mass shooting and a bus bombing, but officials said the most important lesson was team work. 

"This is what we're trained for this is why the various agencies in town come together. When it's a large incident we absolutely work together and solve these problems," said Sgt. Grubbs. 

Overall there were 300 personnel from 11 public and private agencies that participated in the scenario. 

 

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