First responders take part in emergency drill

ELKINS — Drivers may have been alarmed Friday afternoon when they encountered half a dozen police vehicles with their blue lights flashing parked alongside and in the median of the Beverly Pike Five-lane. Happily, no one was harmed during the emergency situation — in fact, it wasn’t even a real emergency.

Law enforcement officers were merely helping out during the conducting of an emergency drill at Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center.

“We are just working to keep our already sharp emergency preparedness skills honed to a keen edge,” the ERCC posted on its Facebook page at 11 a.m. Friday.

At 1 p.m., the drill took place, with the police vehicles temporarily blocking traffic. By 1:15 p.m. the drill was complete, and the officers turned off their flashing lights and departed.

The drill involved practicing getting people out of the ERCC facilities and to safety in the event of a fire or some other emergency, Randolph County Sheriff Rob Elbon told The Inter-Mountain Friday afternoon.

Providing assistance during the drill along with the Sheriff’s Office were the Elkins Police Department, the Elkins Fire Department and Randolph County EMS.


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