Mock stadium emergency drill at Lane Stadium

Several local first-responder agencies will put their training to the test in a full-scale drill that will simulate a stadium emergency at 10 a.m. on March 31 at Lane Stadium.

First responders from the Blacksburg, Virginia Tech, Cave Spring, Christiansburg, Giles, and Vinton rescue squads will connect with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance, and the Virginia Tech Police Department to participate in the drill.

In addition to approximately 55 first responders, there will be about 40 volunteers who will play the role of those injured. Volunteers will wear make-up designed to make their “injuries” look as real as possible. This will allow responders to practice resource coordination and lifesaving interventions in an authentic mock-up scenario.

Setup for the drill will begin at 8 a.m. The drill is expected to start at 10 a.m. and wrap up by noon. A Carilion LifeGuard Med-Evac helicopter will be on scene as well.