First responders participate in mock safety drills ahead of State Fair

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The State Fair of West Virginia is quickly approaching. With so many people enjoying the rides, safety is a number one priority.

The dips, twists, and turns of all the rides can certainly get one’s adrenaline running, but if a ride breaks down, leaving guests stuck at great heights, chaos can unfold. For the first time in West Virginia, local first responders teamed up with Reithoffer Shows to perform mock safety drills.

The Safety Coordinator for Reithoffer Shows, Jeff Alberts, explained he wanted to practice communication and real life scenarios in the event of an emergency during the State Fair.

“[We wanted to] bring everyone in so you can see the chain of command, that way if something did happen, we did the mock drills. It’s better to be proactive than reactive,” Alberts said.

First responders are trained to tackle any emergency; however, rescuing someone off of a roller coaster, especially in Greenbrier County, may be something with which many are not familiar. 

Assistant Fire Chief with the Lewisburg and Fairlea Fire Departments, Gary Workman, said bringing in firefighters from across the county to participate in the drills is important so everyone knows exactly what to do.

“It gives us the knowledge of the roller coasters here and basically what we’re gonna have to do to execute a safe rescue,” Workman said.

Safety officials stress if anyone sees something wrong with one of the rides, be sure to tell someone so the problem can be addressed.

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