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Hermantown Public Safety Expo Puts FOX 21 NEWS in the Victim's Seat
FOX 21 News, KQDS-DT
Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 10:24pm
Duluth, MN, USA -
HERMANTOWN-Thousands of people turn out every year to watch training exercises put on by authorities at Hermantown's Annual Public Safety Expo.But this year FOX 21 NEWS got involved – inviting Jacob Kittilstad to step in to play a victim.St. Louis County Rescue Squad Lieutenant Rick Slatten explained the demonstration."You were a North Dakota tourist who hit a deer and things when higgly–piggly from there," Slatten explained to Jacob."The first thing they're going to do is scene safety," Slatten said. "What hazards can kill me? Are there fluids, is there fire, is there a downed power line? We had an accident not too long ago where the victims were packing heat. They were wanted felons carrying weapons.""You can't have an accident like this and not have some spinal compromise so they're going to immediately get in there and stabilize all the patients' spines," Slatten said."From manual stabilization we'll add a c–collar, cervical collar, around your neck. From there we'll transfer you to a long board," Slatten said.Last year 368 people died in traffic crashes in Minnesota but, on display at the expo, responder training works to reduce that number.43 public safety agencies and colleges participated at the event.