Fire drill to occur downtown today

Posted: Friday, September 26, 2008

JUNEAU - The Alaska State Firefighters Association will hold a fire drill downtown today at the cruise ship docks.

Residents and visitors can expect to see firefighters unfurl hoses and spray water onto a cruise ship, hear loudspeaker announcements and see ambulances near the docks.

The Millennium, a Celebrity Cruises vessel, will be used for the drill.

The drill is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and last until about 5 p.m.

The scenario, put as a challenge to teams of firefighters from around the state, is that a helicopter, while hoisting a patient from a ship three hours south of Juneau, experiences a mechanical failure and crashes into the ship.

Those involved in the drill will practice planning, operations, search and rescue, victim removal, fire boundaries and establishing a water supply.

The event is part of the statewide conference, being held in Juneau for the first time since the 1980s. The conference runs through Saturday, when a firefighter competition will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at the Centennial Hall parking lot.

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