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Friendship Partners with Roanoke Valley Police, Fire, and EMS Officials for Successful Disaster Response Drill

Healthcare and senior living organization works to make sure staff, first responders are prepared in a worst-case fire scenario.

ROANOKE, Va. (October 5, 2017) – To keep staff prepared to respond to fire evacuation scenarios, Friendship hosted a fire and disaster response drill focusing on staff response to such an event. The drills took place on Thursday, September 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Friendship Assisted located at 320 Hershberger Road in Roanoke. More than 70 staff members and 58 residents from Friendship participated with an additional 40 fire, police, and EMS personnel.

Friendship partnered with a number of emergency officials including police, fire and rescue, as well as those that would respond from around the Roanoke Valley. These groups also practiced their own emergency tactical response related to fire evacuation rescue and treatment.

The drill scenario began with a mock fire that breaks out in a resident room on the third floor of Friendship’s assisted living building. Over the course of only a few minutes, the fire spread to an unmanageable level where Friendship staff will not be able to contain the fire. As the fire spread, emergency response agencies were contacted to assist with the emergency while staff continued to evacuate residents.

While beneficial for Friendship staff’s preparedness, these exercises are also essential to preparing responders for actual emergency situations.

“We always appreciate the services that fire, EMS, and police provide for us,” explains Jeremy Howard, BSN, RN-BC, Occupational Health Nurse and Facility Safety Officer at Friendship Health. “They are great assets and having these community partnerships allow us to identify the needs of our facility as well as the needs of their organizations. These training drills help us demonstrate that we are prepared for any disaster event that could happen at Friendship.”

Friendship conducts other exercises regularly to ensure staff is prepared in many types of emergency situations.


About Friendship

Friendship opened its first building in 1966 and has steadily grown since. Over the course of 50 years, Friendship’s evolution has included the addition of new and innovative services, ultimately creating a world-class community where the needs of active adults and rehabilitation patients of all ages are met within a caring community that inspires a belief in living better. Visit for more information.