Public safety simulation a great community effort

Nobody wants to think of tragedies happening to them.

In most cases, severe weather is unpredictable. No one can truly predict the exact path of a storm or the damages it will cause, which makes it fairly impossible to prepare for the worst.

However, our public safety officials are committed to finding ways to prepare for the worst case scenario. When storms make their way to Michiana and present destructive changes and dangerous situations for the people who live here, local emergency responders must act quickly, which requires training and practice.

Earlier this week, Niles Township firefighters had the rare opportunity to practice for a tornado when a local business donated a home on its property to simulate tornado damage.

To prepare for the drill, firefighters placed mannequins in the home and then knocked multiple trees onto the structure, which was set to be razed anyway.

Both Selge Construction, which owned the home, and the fire department should be commended for their efforts.

Typically, the only time firefighters would have to practice for a situation like a tornado is in the case of an actual tornado. Having the experience of already performing a “rescue” in a disastrously destructed home will make the firefighters who participated in the training even quicker and more skilled should they ever have to rescue residents in a real tornado.

We encourage businesses and other homeowners in similar situations as Selge to consider these opportunities before demolishing structures.

Ideally, emergency responders would never have to use the skills learned during these training exercises, but should they be presented with a situation, we prefer they are fully prepared with the experience needed to make a quick and safe rescue.

 

Opinions expressed are those of the editorial board consisting of Publisher Michael Caldwell and editors Ambrosia Neldon, Craig Haupert, Ted Yoakum and Scott Novak.

News

Video shows altercation at flag football game in Niles

Breaking News

Fire contained at former Niles Inn

Brandywine Education

Former Brandywine teacher charged with accosting a minor for immoral purposes, use of a computer to commit a felony

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Berrien County reports two COVID-19 deaths

Berrien County

4-H announces alumni, supporters walking challenge

Education

Ballard Elementary, Niles High School to remain remote through end of the week

Business

Niles real estate agent named Realtor of the Year

News

Evergreen Road special assessment district created

Cass County

Cass County millages on the ballot for May 4

Dowagiac

Dowagiac announces March students of the month

Buchanan

Local provisioning centers celebrate cannabis holiday with sales, overcome software snags

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 799,140 cases, 16,986 deaths

Dowagiac

DUS to install classroom phones in elementary schools, high school

Berrien County

Berrien County 4-H Leaders Association sets annual meeting

Dowagiac

DUS Board of Education honors Class of 2021 Top 10

Buchanan

Buchanan HCU member center lands new leadership

Berrien County

United Way of Southwest Michigan invites community to honor leaders during National Volunteer Week

Buchanan

Buchanan provisioning center raises money to fight cannabis injustices

Cass County

Cass County Sheriff’s Office K9 finds home invasion, larceny suspect

Berrien County

UPDATE: Sheriff’s office finds missing Niles man

Brandywine Education

Teacher resigns after allegedly soliciting 14-year-old

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 793,881 cases, 16,901 deaths

Business

Cassopolis to welcome first marijuana dispensary

Berrien County

Merritt Elementary hosting pet supply drive for area shelters