First Responders Prep for Fair Season with Mock Disaster Drill

MADISON, NE — Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

That’s a policy first responders are taking very seriously this fair season.

This past Saturday a mock disaster drill took place on the Madison County Fairgrounds with a number of rescue agencies from Madison, Battle Creek, Norfolk and LifeNet to name a few.

President of the Madison County Fair board and Madison County Deputy, Todd Volk says that Madison Fire and Rescue came to the fair board and asked to hold a mock drill at the fairgrounds. Volk’s answer was quick.


It took three to four months of planning, but with tens of thousands of people coming through the fairgrounds, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

“Every year we are concerned about whether it’s weather coming in or if we have a malfunction, any type of incident. Even a minor boo-boo to somebody getting hurt during a rodeo performance or something like that, it’s a big concern for us and our spectators.”

Greig Gronenthal, Public Information Officer says, “You try to prepare for the worst case event with The Madison County Fair there is a lot of people here especially during the rodeo. You have grandstands and what if there is a collapse? That’s what we demonstrated today to get our resources together and see how well prepared we are.”

The mock drill, which was a bleacher collapse, is also practice for events outside the Madison County Fair.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s here in Madison or wherever it is, even a football game this fall,” says Volk, “It can happen any time unfortunately…”

Volk says they have first aid set up through the Madison Fire and Rescue with other squads volunteering to help. First aid will be set up at the grandstand.

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