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St. James Fire Department Preps For Potential Disaster on the Rails

A Sunday drill prepped the department to respond to a major railway accident.

How would fire responders react if the unthinkable happened one day and two trains collided in St. James?

The devastation and carnage would probably be immense. But officials from Long Island Railroad and the Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management along with about 50 members of the St. James Fire Department set up a practice drill to make sure they were prepared to handle just such an emergency.

Disaster response training was held on the train tracks just east of the St. James train station on Sunday morning simulating a train versus train collision, according to a department representative.

Fire Department Juniors ranging in age from 10 to 17-years-old were placed in train cars to pose as victims in need of rescue, each holding a card detailing their injuries. A triage area was set up and EMS workers practiced evaluating injuries and treating patients.

Some of the cars were even filled with smoke to the point where responders could not see more than one foot in front of them, said the representative in an email to Patch describing the training. Dummies were also placed throughout that car that had to be located and rescued.

The training is important said the representative.

“This is the type of thing the St James. Fire Department trains on to be prepared should a catastrophy occur,” he said.

Edward F Moore April 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Knowledge and Wisdom Shall Be The Stability of Our Time, and The lesson taught some two thousand years ago our saving grace: It seems that which is lacking in the world today is an understanding of "martyrdom" thus an understanding of suffering. There is a difference between selfish suffering and self giving suffering. One will bring you the gates of hell and one will bring you the gates of heaven. The terrorist attack of 9/11 and the terrorist attack on joyful-grace-filled People at the marathon in Boston will shed light on the difference between the two. As we reflect in man's mind and go back to the days of 9/11 and see the terrorist via airplanes attacking the World Trade Center and also as we see the firefighters entering the building; two opposing thoughts enter the mind and soul of man. Two types of human beings are entering the world stage of human history and the present consciousness of man. One seeks to achieve the blessings of God and peace for mankind by sacrificing himself, by taking the lives of other human Beings; and for these "terrorist" they can be either combatants-noncombatants - children -women, it doesn't matter to them. And the other human being seeks to alleviate the suffering of others and if possible avoid suffering to others and if possible to save these very lives while keeping the thought of going home alive to their family. They seek to live another day. They seek to continue giving the gift of life to their family, friends and the community they serve; their goal is to use their talents and blessings that they received from God not only to save those human lives, but to live another day and save humanity itself while they enjoy the comfort of their family and friends. By their example they teach others to comfort others, to save other, to love others. They bring peace to mankind by such an Living Example of a self-giving love in a living sacrifice: And Note: The lives given by their brothers for there Mission of Life, will give them the strength to continue their mission of love for humanity, family and community; these men understand that their God Of Life seeks to bless all mankind and that God’s Will is for all mankind to enjoy the full blessings of life and to have life more abundantly for them-selves and others. Theses men worship life On Earth as Well as In Heaven. The "terrorist" seek to sacrifice themselves and others in there deeds of death and terror to force on God his blessing of life in heaven; The terrorist by their very deeds will bring them-selves and their faith in a god of death and terror to the gates of hell: These Free Willed Americans by their very deeds of Life and their Faith in a Loving God will bring them-selves and others to abundant Life on Earth and Lead the way for humanity To THE GATES of HEAVEN: May God open his arms of Comfort, Love and give Strength to all those Living on Earth who LIVE HIS LOVING WILL as well as Comfort and Love, to those brought to His gates of heaven, especially The Little Children who are the closest to his very heart. EDWARD F. MOORE April 22, 2013 UTube: Ed Moore TheAmericanProphet

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