Multi-agency training exercise held in Allen Parish Saturday - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Multi-agency training exercise held in Allen Parish Saturday

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ELIZABETH, La. (KPLC) -

From a smoking meth lab camper to a multi-car accident and even a hostage situation, Allen Parish may have looked like it was in the midst of a real nightmare today.

Thankfully, it was all a mock drill.

Saturday morning, multiple agencies in Allen Parish responded to mock emergency situations.

"We're trying to make this thing as stressing and taxing as we can," said Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert.

Agencies from law enforcement to fire and first responders took part in the training, which included a meth lab bust, severe wreck, and a hostage situation.

"We're trying to improve our interoperability, our connection between different departments and how we respond and how that affects our incident command system," explained Hebert.

But Hebert says it's also about ensuring good communication, through their radio systems, so, "That these departments aren't getting lost when critical needs are trying to get met. All of these people have to work together and not get caught up in who's in charge per say."

It was complete with volunteer actors and fake wounds, just like the real deal.

And Sheriff Hebert says that's the point, because these are situations that could actually happen in Allen Parish.

While Hebert says the chances of something like today's 'worst case scenarios' happening in a small population area like Allen Parish are unlikely, all the more reason to be prepared.

"We don't have huge fire departments, we have volunteer fire departments. We don't have a thousand men Sheriff's department or a 500-people city police. So we have to depend on several agencies and a lot of volunteers, but we have to make sure we have those people in a position so that they can be successful," added Hebert.

Hebert says each agency will be in charge of critiquing their own department's performances at Saturday's training.

But the real goal was to see how agencies could work together while maintaining good communication.

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