Brevard Zoo Conducts Emergency Drill With Brevard County Sherriff’s Office and Fire Rescue

By  //  June 9, 2016

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During the emergency drill conducted a keeper sustained multiple lacerations from giant anteaters like these and was losing a great deal of blood. Seven trauma-trained staff arrived on the scene less than two minutes after the emergency radio call. ( Breavard Zoo Image)

During the emergency drill conducted a keeper sustained multiple lacerations from giant anteaters like these and was losing a great deal of blood. Seven trauma-trained staff arrived on the scene less than two minutes after the emergency radio call. ( Breavard Zoo Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – In an effort to uphold their rigorous safety standards, Brevard Zoo staff participated in an emergency drill on Tuesday morning.

Although drills occur regularly at the Zoo, this was the first conducted in tandem with Brevard County Sherriff’s Office and Fire Rescue.

In the scenario, a keeper sustained multiple lacerations from a giant anteater and was losing a great deal of blood.

Seven trauma-trained staff arrived on the scene less than two minutes after the emergency radio call; four worked to dress the simulated wound with a pressure bandage and treat the patient for shock.

An actual 911 call was placed and Fire Rescue arrived via ambulance soon after.

“We are extremely appreciative of the Sherriff’s Office and Fire Rescue for participating in this drill, just as they would in a real emergency situation,” said Andrew Batten, director of safety and risk management at the Zoo.

“The safety of our staff, volunteers and guests is always our top priority, which is why we constantly keep our staff prepared for any situation and work with emergency responders on a regular basis to maintain this standard.”

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The Zoo conducts elaborate drills throughout the year that cover animal escapes, fires, inclement weather and other emergency scenarios.

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