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Fallon Naval Air Station Practices for Earthquake Preparedness

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Smoke was billowing from the gym on the Fallon Naval Air Station base Wednesday. Emergency crews converged on the scene and the Commander set rescue efforts into action.

"In any earthquake of the magnitude of 7.4 there would be collapsed buildings, fatalities and many severe multiple injuries. In this scenario this would have probably taken 10-15 lives. And for us, it also knocked out cell phone and internet communications," said Commander Eugene Woodruff, NAS Fallon's Executive Officer.

That's right, it was all a drill. A very realistic, smoky and bloody drill to keep rescue crews on their toes.

Operation Citadel Rumble 13 was a regional drill in dozens of bases across California, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado today. It was a chance for crews to understand the challenges with a big earthquake and what they'd be up against. And hands-on experience is an important way to practice. Training Chief Dennis Ing with the Fallon Federal Fire Department says it helps not only assess procedures, but also improve them.

"Drills like this give the guys involved real events and situations. To have all that's going on around them going on, makes it feel real. And we can get a feel for what we do well and where we could do better. And then we train again."

The Naval Air Station puts intense drills on twice a year. They train for plane crashes, chemical spills, earthquakes, and terrorist attacks....just in case.

Written by Erin Breen

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