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18 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, JUNE 17,1982 t Drill Indicated = : !i!~ ' i i~i ! : Cope With REALISTIC "BURNS" AND "WOUNDS" MAKE-UP APPLIED REALISTIC BURNS--An hour before the first alarm sounds, realistic "burns" and "wounds" make-up is applied to a volunteer "victim," an employee of the National Fish Research Center in Leetown. Disabled Students Asked To Apply For Rehabilitation Work KEYSER -- Disabled students graduating from high school this spring shouldget in touch with the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as soon as possible, according to the agency's Keyser district supervisor, William E. Jackson. Jackson said the rehabilitation program prepares disabled persons for, and places them, in gainful jobs. By being referred to the rehabilitation agency before graduation, a disabled young person can get an early start on career planning and preparation through the services of the agency. Vocational rehabilitation offers a wide range of services that result in a disabled person being made able to work. Among the services available are: --CounseJing and guidance in the selection of a suitable job; ---Surgery, hospitalization, and other services to reduce or remove the effects of disability; --Training, if required, in a specific occupation; and, --Job placement. Jack~n emphasized that the exact services a disabled person receives from the state rehabLlitation program are based on a thorough assessment of his or her needs and the job in which the person will be placed. In every case, he said, rehabilitation services are tailored to the individual's specific needs. To be eligible for services, a person must have a physical or mental condition that prevents him or her from getting or keeping a job. Also the pen must have, in the professional opinion of rehabilitation agency workers, a reasonable ex- pectation of being able to work as the result of receiving rehabilitation services. In the Keyser district, persons may apply for reha~itation services at any of these offices: Keyser, 133 Chestnut Street, telephone 788- 2313; Martinsburg, 414 West King Street, telephone 263- 0841. DONNED PROTECTIVE CLOTHING-- radiation was discovered, fire and rescue person- nel donned protective clothing and air tanks prior to entering the damaged building. PARAMEDIC ENTERS-- With the radiation level and type having been identified, the paramedic enters the building for an inspection of the rubble-impacted hallway to assess the type of injuries found therein. $4,000 Pledged County Heart Drive After several attempts the Jefferson County Heart Association with D. Ott in on the action finally finished their annual walk for the Heart Fund. This year was one of the better years considering the economy. There were pledgm of over $4,000 that were submitted. Mrs. Ma ry Jenkins once again led the way with Mrs. Viola Wright close A newcomer Mrs. C.K May joined the group this year and did an outstanding job by finishing third. Mrs. Va. Gray, who has done marvelous Job R~r ~ could not walk dtm to health. All h'~ all the walk was great and helped to finish up the year in great fashion. The Association would like to have an appreciation banquet in honor of all the people who have q u'heKled the drive for'many years. It will be held at the Townhouse Restaurant 7 pan. on July 12, 1982. The Spirit of Jefferson will also be honored for the great job they have done in lping the cause. IN THE DECONTAMINATION CENTER-- At the Shenandoah Home, adjoining Jefferson Memorial Hospital, a decontamination center was hurriedly set up on the ground floor. Lost blood is being replaced at the center so that the victim can be stabilized before being decon- taminated. Could Jefferson County cope with a nuclear accident? To answex that question,an elaborate disaster drill was staged Monday, May 10 at the Leetown Fish Hatchery and Academy, that involved all County Fire and rescue companies as well as Jef- ferson Memorial Hospital and area physicians. In what was termed the most complicated and difficuR disaster drill staged in this area, the alarm was sounded at 5:45 pan. complete with fire, smoke, injured bodies "buried" under debris from a damaged building which housed radio active material. Unlike previous disaster drills, rescues had to cope not only with twisted metal, falling ceilings and "hot" electrical wires, but this time with nuclear "con- tamination." According to the "script," just as some tourists were approaching a laboratory contairdng nuclear material, a boiler exploded, rupturing the containers of radioactive material and contaminating the atmosphere with Beta radiation. The first rescuers on the scene were confronted with moans and groans from a darkened hallway beyond a smashed doorway. Before they entered the corridor, geiger counters began clicking, warning of radiation, and rescue operations had to be suspended long enough for denning protective clothing, masks and air-tanks. To the victims in this atomic age, the rescues must have looked more like men from Mars. To the Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedice the scene must have looked too re~ to be the disaster drill they were an- ticipating. Flames and s~noke dominated the scene as the Citizen Fire Department responded to the Emergency Headquarters dispatcher and approached the Federal complex with fire trucks and ambulances. A quick evaluation of the problems suggested an on- scene command post and this was manned by the In- dependent Fire Company. SOME VICTIMS CONTAMINATED By this time, it was deter- mined that some of the vic- th-ns were contaminated with radioactivity, some were not, but there were all marmer of burns and other injuries and one woman "very" pregnant The Paramedic from ~wpherdstown Company No. 3 was placed in charge of sorting victims and seeing that those who most urgently needed medical care were given priority transportation to Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Since so many of the "victims" were radioactive who would "contaminate" the ambulance, additional from Harpers Ferry and Blue Ridge was requested and provided. Meanwhile, as doctors at Jefferson Menorial Hospital learned that some o~ the "victims" were radioactively contaminated, a special treatment and decon- tamiuation unit -- almost a second hospital -- was established on the ground floor of the Shenandoah Home (the '~)Id Hospital") as scores of off-duty doctors nurses, technicians, bousek~ clerks and specialists responded to emergency calls and were assigned at the Hospital or Home to treat the injured as each ambulance, in turn, gently yielded its precious cargo. Although the first alarm was sounded at 5:45, it was near midnight before all the volunteer victims -- em- ployees of the Fisheries Omter complex -- the volunteer fire and rescue companies per- sonnel, the emergency medical staff and others were on their way home. Before leaving Jefferson Memorial Hospital, the dozens of par- ticipants made certain that every lesson to be learned, was learned. "That's why we have these drills", observed Cliff Brooks who with Bill Gaines timed the responses and graded every detail as evaluators from the West Virginia State Emergency Medical System. The two were among the very few who knew, in advance, when and where the drill would be conducted. Three Jefferson Memorial Hospital nurses, Val Breeden, R.N Connie Whittington, R.N and Earlene Harp, R.N initiated the disaster drill planning. R was they who gave the drill its '~uclear" dimension and enlisted the help of the National Fish Health Research Laboratory management and staff. "The Leetown Research Laboratory people not only cooperated," Md. Breeden said afterwards, "they went all-out.". A major purpose of a disaster drill, according to the three planners, is to involve the many agencies which would have towork together in any real emergency or disaster. Asked to list those involved, the following was compiled: ~Company No. I, Ferry; Fire Corn- pany No. 2, Citizens; Fire Company No. 3 Shepherd- stown; Fire Company No. 4 Blue Ridge; Fire company No. 5, Independent; Sheriff Don Giardina and Deputies; Bill Gaines and Cliff Brooks of the Regional Emergency Medical System; Corporal P.G. Kimble and the State Police; C~mries Town Police l~t; Ranson Police Department; W.Va. State Highway Department; Geraldine Willlngham and the County chapter of the Red Volunteer victims and Randy Breeden. An~ course, Ken director of the County office of civil preparedneas~ and a very special thanks to the Leetown Fish Research pec for the n~,agnificant job they all did." Could Jeffe~m County cope with a nuclear accident? The answer seems to be "yes." Jefferson County ha.s the knowledge, facilities, equipment, communications and skilled manpower, and ~mnks to the drill, it is lear- ring to pat the pieces together in order to respond in the most effective manner. Learning about American agriculture and lifestyles will be an educational experience for Irmgard Auer of Ger- many, who wiU be living and working with the B. Wayne Knott family of Shenandoah Junction for six months Wurk Experience Alz'ead program of the Futttre Farmers of America. The World Experience program offers young agriculturalists from 25 foreign countries the op- p unity to "lem by chug" while living with a host family on a farm or in an agribusiness. While Irmi is experiencing life in West Virginia, FFA members from across the U.S. will be in- volved in simillar experiences in South America, Asia, Africa or Europe. Ou the dairy operation Irmi wm help rme calves, prspare meekls, take care of the Knott children, work in the yard and garden and help with the housekeeping. with the Kawtts until September. Upon returning to Germany she will share memories and imi ts of U.& culture with others in her home commT. Training Pay Legislation signed by the Preident in May 19~2, includes a provision which allows the Veterans Administration to reimburse Vietnam-era veterans and eligible dependents for correspon- dence tr ag b un after Se Xember SO, xgm. The law ends a moratorium on payments for~ new er, rollments in such tr tug which had been imposed for fiscal year 1982. Individuals may now receive relmbursemmt for per cent of the cost of correspondence lessons GIVEN PRIORITY -- Is she about ready to have her baby? bulance personnel could not be sure, but she correctly was priority transportation to the hospital. academic areas, history, special psychology, safety ~ personal fitnesS, munication, guidance, sciences, will he the Shepherdstown For a copy of and fall schedule graduate classes, the WVU Center 2~36. The Graduate located in the School Street in is open M-F fr~a peintments for coRrse$, and programs of strongly advised. may also pointments in the on weekends. DOCTOR, NURSE AT READY-- Wearing protective clothing, a doctor and nurse meet an ambulance with a victim who is both injured and radioactive. AWAITING AID-- Several of the injured and contaminated by radioactive blast await help, while a doctor and nurse work on a victim in the background. completed and submitted to the school. Unaffected are Vietnam-era veterans and dependents who have been continously enrolled in correspondence training since September 30. Post-Vietnam era veterans enrolled in correupondence training under the con- veterans education program continue to receive full reimbursement. Summer School Grad Courses Scheduled The West Virginia University Graduate Center at Shepherd College has available schedules for its mmmmr and fall graduate course offerings. Classes in a wide range of Wo have Registorod Mastor Electrician All Work Guaranteed 10% Discount To Senior Citizens Phone: 304-725-0340 iii Lilllan Club's ar~ml beque wfllbe Bardane on Saturday June 1~ p.m. The dinner the usual Ruritan special sailce, apple sauce, roRs, cream, cake, coffee. citizens, 75 years children under 12, adults $3.75. For information Hllenmn. All proceeds fund raising returned to tbe South denatior~ Jefferson County to $250. to the c pe . Mr. and Mrs, and son David are Worlds Fair and Tennessee. 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