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The elements were frighteningly realistic - a van "colliding" into a school bus, dazed students, "bloody" wounds, multiple victims, a sense of fear and panic. But it was all staged - and for a good reason. Members of the Lakes Area First Responders used the scenario to hone their skills in the event such a large-scale calamity actually happens. The drill was played out near the School District 206 bus garage last Thursday.

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