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Page A-28 - Mason Counfy Journal - Thursday, March 13, 2014 Pageant: Members of the court each got scholarship continued from page A-1 For the impromptu question, the contestants were asked to name their strongest quality or personal attribute, and how that ability could be applied to service on the court. The answers included dedication, open mindedness, accessibility, lead- ership, self-depreciating humor and confidence. The judges were Darryl Cleve- land, Patty Kuhnau, Thomas Pries- korn and Muriel Miller. Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce and Alyssa Cas- tro, the 2013 Forest Festival queen, served as the emcees. Each member of the court received a scholarship. Isabele LeDoux, a junior at Shel- ton High School, won the grand prize for her button design for the 70th an- nual Mason County Forest Festival. She won $100 for creating the logo. More than 400 students sent in de- signs. Herald photo by Natalie Johnson Captain John Piety and firefighter paramedic John Craig of the North Mason Regional Fire Authority practice treating volunteer victim Brady Blackburn during a training exercise Saturday on Elfendahl Pass Road. Drill: Training provided lessons to first responders continued from page A-25 Members of the North Mason Com- munity Response Team (CRT), the North Mason RFA, Mason County Emergency Communications (MACE- COM) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which helps with local CRT training, staged a mass-ca- sualty incident on Northeast Elfendahl Pass Road that simulated an accident large enough to overwhelm local emer- gency services. Elfendahl Pass Road was dosed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the training. Twelve volunteers were assigned varying levels of injuries -- broken arms or legs, head trauma, chest pain or other internal inju- ries -- and were slathered in fake blood and rubber pieces simulating wounds such as a broken arm breaking through the skin. North Shore Towing donated three cars, which owner Don Casteel delivered and helped set up. RFA Captain Carl Ehresman led the exercise and explained the premise of the training. "Basically, what's happening today is the CRT team got here several minutes ahead," he said. "They got here quickly and updated us that we had a much more serious call than we thought." CRT members arrived first and as- sessed the scene, counting victims and asking about their injuries. Moments later, RFA personnel arrived and started directing the response. The six CRT members and about 20 firefighters from the RFA worked togeth- er to treat the wounded. "We have to stabilize these people and keep them alive long enough to get them to the hospital," Ehresman said. Because there were so many casual- ties, firefighter EMTs and paramedics had to figure out how to transport them all to the hospital in a limited number of ambulances. They had to cope with problems such as running out of supplies or malfunc- tioning equipment. While trying to cut the roof off a car, a blade broke on a saw, causing problems for firefighters. "I think it's going great," Ehresman said during the training. "Every level of responder is getting value out of this drill." While the training did not go per- fectly, he said volunteers and firefighters were using lessons they will need in the future. "This is actually very close to a inci- dent we had a few years ago," he said. Blackwell sid El/endah] Pass is a good pldce to stage such an exercise be- cause it is a dangerous road and has lim- ited cellphone reception. "We've had quite a few wrecks out here," he said. "We want to drill real-life scenarios." The pouring rain and cold added to the exercise's authenticity -- RFA Chief Beau Bakken said deadly accidents often happen in the middle of the night, add- ing another factor for volunteers and firefighters to deal with. "fou're going to encounter all the is- sues and problems if it's a real-life situa- tion," he said. '06 Colorado 4x4 '97 F-150 3-Door 4x4 '01 Elantra 107Kmi. Ready to go! V-8, AT, Low Miles Automate, Nice Car! '03 MPV LX '96 Ranger '85 Lincoln Clean, Low Miles! Tow Package 4x4, 5-Speed Like New Free 90 Day Service Wm.ran 39- pt ufety In*pectton  on all vehicles on all vehicles 0060-27700028 Next to Shell NE 23791Hwy, 3 Belfair Vin #s posted at dealership FJJasnc avt[]tble on Approval of CRdi! See Bob, Jackie or Mark 1995 Chevy Lumina LS 7 Passenger, Blue $1,595 1999 Ford Explorer Sport Red, 4x4, V-6, Auto $2,599 1999 Ford F-150 XLT Burgundy, Vo6, 5 Speed s2,795 23450 St. Rt. 3 Ad expires one week from Must We Safety Check All Of Our Vehicles/ Consignments Welcome/ Linda Casteel -- owner -- '87 Chevy Camaro Auto, V-8 $2,495 1989 Lincoln Town Car Silver, Auto, V-8 $1,995 paid at signing, g L