Mock Miscouche disaster no disaster as training exercise

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Published on May 18, 2014

Island EMS was the second emergency response on scene, and it set up a transport command post to get victims to "hospital" treatment. Prince County Hospital did not participate in the event.

Published on May 18, 2014

Equipment verified, Miscouche Fire Department volunteers are ready to enter the building to assess conditions and rescue victims.

Published on May 18, 2014

A victim had escaped the building from the rear door and headed over the nearby shcool fields with only the thought of getting home. A firefighter was sent to ensure that she did not wander away and would be treated for injuries.

Published on May 18, 2014

Three victims of the mass casualty event are in triage, being assess for priority of treatment, but each having a different mindset about thier situation.

Published on May 18, 2014

A victim is assessed for priority of treatment and stabilized before being moved to treatment.

Published on May 18, 2014

Triage and Treatment controllers communicate about victims and procecures to ensure best practices in the event of a real disaster scenario.

Published on May 18, 2014

A victim with a head injury is helpd out of the collapsed Miscouche Recreation Centre during the mass casualty event training exercise.

Published on May 18, 2014

Despite firefighters getting this victim to the triage, his "wound" would prove fatal due to other, seemingly more desperate victims, deemed needing transport more urgently.

Published on May 18, 2014

The designated communications officer faces a parent from a nearby residence who wants more information than is availabe.

Published on May 18, 2014

She's fine, and with a story to tell of her participation in the mass casualty event training exercise at Miscouche Recreation Centre on Saturday.

Published on May 18, 2014

Kyle Gill was one of three victims of the mass casualty event exercise that did not make it through, but he'll have plenty to remember in his second life as a volunteer helping emergency workers improve responses to such events.

Fire Chief pleased with outcome of mass casualty event exercise

MISCOUCHE - The call went out shortly after 11:00 a.m. that the Miscouche Rec Centre had collapsed upon a meeting, triggering an emergency response to a mass casualty event Saturday morning that involved three fire departments, the R.C.M.P. and Island EMS ambulance transport. It was an exercise that did exactly what it was planned to do.

"Anytime we have an event like this, it is always a learning experience," credited Miscouche fire chief Jason Woodbury.

The emergency personnel involved learned the strengths and weaknesses in their roles and how inter-agency cooperation could be improved upon.

As the command centre was being initiated, one victim escaped from the rear door of the building and began to stagger across the school playing fields in disordered attempt to get home. She had already gone about 80 metres before a firefighter was sent to follow her. He did eventually catch up and accompany her back to the main site as other firefighters were by then entering the building to search for more victims.

"We keep in mind that an event like this is terrifying, and people react completly differently during a catastrophic event. People do tend to go missing," Woodbury acknowledged.

"I've seen this before in smaller events, where the psychological part of somebody's thinking overwhelms the body and people do things they normally wouldn't do. Miscouche fire chief Jason Woodbury - analysis of behaviours in disaster situations

"The firefighter did what he was supposed to; try to keep everybody involved in an incident like this in an area," that is supervised he explained, recognizing that it is difficult to control emotions and the actions that arise from them.

 

"I've seen this before in smaller events, where the psychological part of somebody's thinking overwhelms the body and people do things that they normally wouldn't do," he said.

Each of the actions and outcomes were monitored by emergency measures personnel and the whole exercise debriefed before the participants were dismissed, with a story or two to be told about the Mass Casualty Event at Miscouche.

More on this to come.

 

 

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