First Responders Sharpen Skills During Training Drill at Mall

By Kristin Martin | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- If you saw some commotion at Greenwood Mall Sunday morning, it was only a drill.

The Bowling Green Fire Department, Medical Center EMS, Air Evac and mall security were participating in a training drill.

The mock drill involved a fire at a store inside the mall that resulted in injures and a roof rescue.

Life flight flew a mock patient to the hospital, and first responders searched for a missing person inside.

The training captain said the drill is required every couple years to make sure the mall is up to par with safety.

"There's so much potential for disaster. The Bowling Green Fire Department, as first responders, really need to be ready for just about anything. It's so hard to train for the scenarios that happen every day that you have to think outside the box sometimes," said Rob Gilliam, captain of the Training Division of the Bowling Green Fire Department.

He says the drill went smoothly -- showing excellent communication between the agencies.

It started about 8:30 and wrapped up in less than an hour.

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