Emergency responders plan I-49 disaster drill | Events
Starting about 9 a.m. on Thursday, the I-49 North Safety Coalition will hold a disaster drill on a closed section of the new Interstate 49 near Mira. The drill will simulate a major crash with mass casualties on the new Interstate.
Sections of the interstate are scheduled to open in the summer of 2013.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Caddo Fire District No. 8, Caddo Fire District No. 7, Caddo Fire District No. 1, North Caddo E.M.S., Bossier Parish E.M.S., Balentine Ambulance, Life Air Rescue, Life Net in Texarkana, and Shreveport Fire Communications will participate.
The I-49 North Safety Coalition was formed in November of 2012 to encourage emergency preparedness with the challenges of the new roadway and to enhance cooperation between North Caddo Parish emergency responders.
There will even be a staging area for media at the I-49 exit at Mira-Myrtis Road. It opens at 8:30 a.m.