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Practicing for a major incident
Firefighters aid Michael Edward off a Manteca school bus during training exercises on Thursday. Firefighter Bernard Missouri takes the man’s hand as he is helped to the ground. Edward is a member of the Seniors Aiding Firefighting Effort volunteers. - photo by Photos contributed by Manteca Fire Department
It was the scene of a tragedy for Manteca Fire Department’s multi casualty incident training on Thursday.

Firefighters arrived to face a real life scenario that involved a car being on fire with a person trapped inside after being hit by a school bus. The car’s driver had been shot and killed in a drive-by shooting.

The school bus had been transporting five children at the time of the crash. The children and the bus driver were all safe and had not been injured.

The bus hit another vehicle carrying three elderly passengers.

The training session was planned to practice managing, controlling, and treating multiple patients in a fast and systematic manor while dealing with numerous issues including a vehicle on fire, scene safety at a shooting, firefighters performing a medical triage, extrication, treatment, and assistance with the transportation of several patients.

All Manteca on-duty personnel participated in the training including engine companies and Truck 23.

The children on the bus were those of reserve firefighter Al Salas. Other “actors” injured were all members of the fire department’s Seniors Aiding Firefighting Effort program.