Fifteen Central Coast government agencies, including a dozen area fire departments, converged on Hancock College’s Lompoc Valley campus this week for a large-scale earthquake response training exercise.
Among the participants from Santa Barbara County were the Lompoc, Santa Maria, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Montecito, and Santa Barbara City and County fire departments. Joining them from Ventura County were the Oxnard and Ventura City and County fire departments. The Los Angeles City and San Luis Obispo County fire departments also took part.
Each of the departments participated in a drill scenario in which a 7.6 magnitude earthquake centered in Lompoc was said to have occurred.