By HERB SWETT
Of the Keizertimes

A joint firefighting exercise July 1 by Marion County Fire District No. 1 and general contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis turned out to be “very excellent,” according to Brian Woodley, assistant training officer for the district.

“It was enjoyed by all the parties that were involved,” Woodley said of the exercise, which took place in a building under construction on the main campus of Chemeketa Community College.

The fire district used two engine companies, two medics, one technical rescue, one incident command vehicle, a safety officer and a public information officer. Nineteen emergency responders worked with Lease Crutcher Lewis project management teams.

The project involved a portable scaffolding collapse extending through two levels of the building, with three people reported to have varying levels of injuries.

Woodley said that the contractor had proposed the exercise to the fire district and that the teams worked on the project for about two weeks before the exercise.