CHICAGO (CBS) — Less than a day after a mass shooting in Oregon, it seems strangely coincidental authorities in Kane County were staging a large-scale drill on Friday, centered on a possible domestic terrorism event.
The role-playing involved people injured by a mock bomb explosion, and the sight and smell of pungent smoke amid the chaos of first responders rushing in to sharpen their skills.
Outside the window of a communications van, stretchers were laid out on the ground, with bodies lying on them.
Batavia Fire Department Deputy Chief Randy Banker was overseeing the drill, involving about 200 firefighters, paramedics, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and federal agents.
“We’re testing the response of local firefighters, all the way up to FBI,” he said.