The emergency services of Grove pulled together successfully during the community-wide Chemical Hazmat Exercise held August 19.
The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate the community's response in an external disaster which, in this case, was a meth lab explosion.
The drill took place near the water treatment plant located at 61500 E. 284 Road in Grove. The mock explosion resulted in one fatality, and six patients were transported by ambulance to the INTEGRIS Grove Emergency Department. One was arrested and, after decontamination both at the scene and at the hospital, was transported to jail by the Grove Police Department.
According to James DeHaven, System Disaster Response & Recovery Specialist for INTEGRIS Environmental Health & Safety, all parties pulled together immediately.
"On the initial scene, the unified command included the hospital's Emergency Medical Services, Grove Emergency Management, the Grove Police Department and the Fire Department. It was definitely a community event in which everyone worked together, and I was very impressed," said DeHaven.
The Grove Police Department was alerted at 1:05 p.m., and the entire event culminated by 2:20 p.m.
The "patients" included eight Grove High School students: Cory Davenport, Justin Falley, Cesilie Gibby, Laramie Raymond, Conner Sarwinski, Stacia Sarwinski, Cory Swartz and Kyle Tidwell.