On Thursday, May 2 at 9 a.m. the I-49 North Safety Coalition will hold a disaster drill on a closed section of the new Interstate 49 near Mira. The drill will simulate a major crash with mass casualties on the new Interstate.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana State Police, Caddo Fire Distritc No. 8, 7, and 1, North Caddo E.M.S., Bossier Parrish E.M.S., Balentine Ambulance, Life Air Rescue, Life Net in Texarkana, and Shreveport Fire Communications will be participating in the drill.
The I-49 North Safety Coalition was formed in November of 2012 to encourage emergency preparedness with the challenges of the new roadway and to enhance cooperation between North Caddo Parish emergency responders. Sections of the interstate are scheduled to open in the summer of 2013.