Operation Ready Ventura County 2014

Over 200 first responders and hundreds of volunteers participated in a three-day exercise to prepare for a large disaster in Ventura County. According to Ready Ventura County, the purpose of the exercise is to focus on mass evacuation, reception processing, mass care and shelter. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers PRACTICE FOR THE REAL EVENT - Tarrik Daou is helped out of a damaged building by Oxnard firefighter Daniel Ramirez during Operation Ready Ventura County at CSU Channel Islands on Jan. 15. Over 200 first responders took part in the three-day exercise. 50 "injured victims" were rescued from the building and 150 people took part in a mass evacuation from the campus.

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PRACTICE FOR THE REAL EVENT – Tarrik Daou is helped out of a damaged building by Oxnard firefighter Daniel Ramirez during Operation Ready Ventura County at CSU Channel Islands on Jan. 15. Over 200 first responders took part in the three-day exercise. 50 “injured victims” were rescued from the building and 150 people took part in a mass evacuation from the campus.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers EXTENSIVE MAKEUP - Caitlin Brown, with a severe head injury, waits to be rescued from a damaged building during Operation Ready Ventura County at CSU Channel Islands on Jan. 15.

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EXTENSIVE MAKEUP – Caitlin Brown, with a severe head injury, waits to be rescued from a damaged building during Operation Ready Ventura County at CSU Channel Islands on Jan. 15.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers RESCUE - Ventura County firefighters prepare to enter a damaged building looking for victims during Operation Ready Ventura County at CSU Channel Islands on Jan. 15.

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RESCUE – Ventura County firefighters prepare to enter a damaged building looking for victims during Operation Ready Ventura County at CSU Channel Islands on Jan. 15.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers INJURED - Ventura County firefighter Brian Kinsley attaches a triage tag to an injured victim during Operation Ready Ventura County at CSU Channel Islands on Jan. 15.

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INJURED – Ventura County firefighter Brian Kinsley attaches a triage tag to an injured victim during Operation Ready Ventura County at CSU Channel Islands on Jan. 15.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers TRIAGE - First responders tend to patients in the triage area outside a damaged building during Operation Ready Ventura County at CSU Channel Islands on Jan. 15.

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TRIAGE – First responders tend to patients in the triage area outside a damaged building during Operation Ready Ventura County at CSU Channel Islands on Jan. 15.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers RECEIVING CARE - Nicole Gonzalez, left, and Caroline Main of Gold Coast Ambulance transport Kim Ramseyer of Moorpark to the ambulance during Operation Ready Ventura County at CSU Channel Islands on Jan. 15.

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RECEIVING CARE – Nicole Gonzalez, left, and Caroline Main of Gold Coast Ambulance transport Kim Ramseyer of Moorpark to the ambulance during Operation Ready Ventura County at CSU Channel Islands on Jan. 15.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers PREPARING TO TRANSPORT - Jazmine Curuno is treated by Ventura County firefighters during Operation Ready Ventura County at CSU Channel Islands on Jan. 15.

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PREPARING TO TRANSPORT – Jazmine Curuno is treated by Ventura County firefighters during Operation Ready Ventura County at CSU Channel Islands on Jan. 15.

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