WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A full-scale mass casulty drill was expected to tie up traffic in the city of West Hollywood, authorities said Wednesday.

City officials along with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will simulate a “large scale emergency” event at 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., according to fire officials.

The drill will cover multiple real time response activities such as triage, treatment, and mock transport of mass casualties.

Los Angeles County Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Klar told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO the best way to simulate such an event is to have first responders actually walk through the process.

“We condense the timeframe down and we start to throw some of the same things that would happen at the…folks that are there in their lead positions,” Klar said. “If there’s a building damaged, we want the Building Department there, if there’s victims, the Fire Department’s there to triage those victims.”

San Vicente will be closed between Melrose and Santa Monica from 8 am. until 2 p.m.


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