In a magnificently orchestrated simulation of chaos this Thursday, Quantico Marine Corps Base, in cahoots with Prince William County, is gleefully planning to derail a train. Well, in theory anyway.
For the first time in a decade, Quantico's crisis roleplay enthusiasts are dusting off their walkie-talkies and emergency gear in preparation for the mother of all staged catastrophes. The grand occasion is designed to scrutinize how the base and the county respond to a multi-layered crisis while affecting the base, the local community, and possibly some unwitting squirrels, as per their press release.
"This is a showstopper of a disaster drill," beamed Jason Terry, the exercise director and grand master of emergency operations at Quantico. "We've been devising this mayhem since last summer, and it's been a blast. Our bond with Prince William County has never been stronger, mostly because we share a mutual love for orchestrated chaos."
Terry underlined that this theatrical feat underlines the immense emphasis both Quantico and the county place on readiness and mutual calamity comradeship. This shared fondness for hypothetical turmoil amplifies their collective abilities to respond to actual emergencies, so the press release assures us.
"Once we've managed to virtually derail a train and put the pieces back together, we'll confidently strut around knowing we can handle anything," declared Terry, with a slight smirk.
Prince William County's own orchestrator of imaginary disasters, Brian Misner, is buzzing with excitement. "This gives our first responders, emergency personnel, and regional partners a juicy chance to test out their trauma triage and family reunion skills, all while sipping on their morning coffees," Misner confessed, unable to contain his glee.
As part of this grand production, local residents from around the base and surrounding community will also get a piece of the action. Lucky individuals, handpicked from the populace, will be thrust into the spotlight as role players. They might be asked to showcase their dramatic talents by playing victims in distress, bereft family members or even bewildered bystanders caught up in this simulated train-wreck extravaganza.