Mass casualty transit drill in North Bergen

Photos and Story by Ron Jeffers

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Photos and Story by Ron Jeffers

Emergency crews team up on Saturday morning (March 24th) to participate in a train derailment drill near the Tonnelle Avenue Light Rail Station in North Bergen.  The drill was set up by NJ Transit using passenger cars and a trailer that represented a rolled over rail car containing victims.

Participating in the exercise including the NJ Transit and North Bergen police, FBI, North Bergen and Hudson County Office of Emergency Management and North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue.  Emergency medical crews came from North Bergen, West New York, Hoboken and Mc Cabe Ambulance.

Crews entered the passenger cars to aid the injured and removed them to a triage area.  The simulated rolled over passenger car had to be first stabilized by firefighters and NJ Transit police emergency crews before it could be entered for search and rescue operations.

Firefighters also searched the area around the rail cars for possible victims as well as a search  by a NJ Transit K-9 units.

Crews assembled on the grounds of the three hour drill at its completion for a review of the operations and what was learned.  Overall, it was considered a successful operation.

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