Lieutenant Mike Mueller rescues a “victim,” Elaina Oshiem, during one of Monday night’s exercises.
Lieutenant Mike Mueller rescues a “victim,” Elaina Oshiem, during one of Monday night’s exercises.

   What would happen if an emergency occurred in Ripon? Would its emergency responders be ready?

   That’s the question the Ripon Area Fire Department (RAFD), Ripon Police Department, Ripon Guardian Ambulance and Ripon Medical Center tried to answer Monday evening in a biennial disaster drill.

   “We [ran through] about 20 scenarios, and things went well,” RAFD Chief Tim Saul said. “We had scenarios from a building-collapse scenario to car fires, structure fires at our burn tower, wires down on cars.”

   As is typically the case in such drills, areas for improvement were identified during the drill, Saul said. “We had communication issues, so going forward we’ll need to look at [how to deal with that]. But it really prepared us for if something were to really happen. We’re better prepared today than we were yesterday.”

   Also participating were fire departments from Lamartine, Rosendale, North Fond du lac, Van Dyne, Markesan the town of Fond du Lac and Brandon.

See more photos from the event in the May 9, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.