Today as part of Nevada County Sheriff's Office, we participated in a Fire Response and Evacuation drill in Alta Sierra. The drill was organized by CALFIRE and included several agencies and the residents of Alta Sierra. The drill was a success and we all learned several things to improve everyone's capabilities. Our role was to support the evacuation process by handling dispatch responsibilities, logging of the process, traffic control and role playing as subjects in scenarious to test response capabilities. Our team learned several things to improve our capabilities to handle the assigned roles and will try to implement them in the next drill next Sunday.
As we were about to begin the drill, we were notified of a Pacific Crest Trail Hiker that was in distress near the trail and Meadow Lake Road in the high Sierras. We dispatched 4 team members from the drill to accomplish the rescue. The team encountered significant snow on the road and some of the team members then began hiking to the subjects location. While on the way they encountered a group of 4 wheel vehicles and asked if they had seen the subject which they had. They took our team members to the subject's location and brought them all back to the IC location. She was in good condition. A special thanks to the citizens who helped execute the rescue and our team members ability to respond at any time.
Enjoy the photos of each event.