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Fire department holds annual drill


Ian Minielly/Daily Globe

MIKE YON, fire chief, on the left, and Lou Boetto, assistant chief, confer with the other respondents of an emergency preparedness drill at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility Thursday afternoon in Wakefield. The drill required clearing the second floor, giving the three departments a chance to work together and check their emergency systems. The Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department, Bessemer Township VFD and Ironwood ladder truck were all on-site.


Wakefield - The Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield was a safe place to be Thursday for emergency response.

Mike Yon, Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department chief, said they had two Wakefield engines, three Bessemer Township engines and the Ironwood ladder truck on-site for the annual emergency preparedness drill.

Yon described the good working relationship between the departments since at least as long as he has been on the fire department in Wakefield. If either Bessemer Township or the Wakefield elements are on a scene and smoke or flames are detected, the other fire department serves as back-up. The two fire departments have a mutual aid agreement.

The residents and staff of the GMCF took part in the emergency drill, as the second floor of the facility was vacated to accommodate the drill.


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