ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Park rangers and police, fire and ambulance services from Mount Desert Island towns took part in a disaster response exercise Thursday morning on the Park Loop Road’s Otter Cove causeway.
The mock disaster was an accident involving a car, a bicycle and a van carrying a group of young people.
The scenario included several fatalities and a number of people suffering serious injuries. The injured were taken by ambulance to Mount Desert Island Hospital.
Emergency responders from Bar Harbor, Mount Desert and Tremont participated in the drill along with park rangers and Acadia Search and Rescue. A Maine Forest Service helicopter made a brief appearance.
“This kind of exercise translates directly into higher survival and recovery rates, as well as greater safety and efficiency for responders,” said Christie Anastasia, the park’s public affairs specialist. “Training for disasters, we hope, makes them less disastrous if they ever come to pass.”