denver area emergency responders train for dnc

from cbs4 denver: Emergency responders around the Denver area were working on drills over the weekend in the event of a major problem during the Democratic National Convention late next month.

Firefighters practiced on a staged accident involving a passenger bus on Interstate 70 in Golden. There were dozens of fake victims and emergency workers helping the wounded.

The Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross was also preparing this weekend. It rolled out an advanced communications truck worth up to $350,000.

The truck can help local emergency teams stay in touch.

“You run worst case scenarios of downtown Denver needing to be evacuated,” said Robert Thompson, spokesman for the Red Cross. “Well, we’ve never done that.

Thompson said shelter and food plans are in place. There will also be 500 Red Cross volunteers ready to help as needed.

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