10/26/2012 - 10/24/2012 - LAS VEGAS - -- Nellis Air Force Base partnered with local first responders for a mass casualty exercise Oct. 24, at McCarran International Airport.
The exercise tested military, federal and state first responder's ability to work together in an emergency scenario that may occur in the Las Vegas Metropolitan area.
For this scenario, Airmen from the 99th Medical Group joined members of the FBI, Clark County's police and fire department, and McCarran International Airport's Transportation Security Administration, in simulating a response to a major aircraft incident, which included more than 100 individuals who were severely injured.
"This type of exercise gives participants the experience to handle any situation, said Master Sgt. Lloyd Davis, 99th Medical Support Squadron medical readiness flight chief. "This way, if they should happen to respond to a real world situation, the training will kick in and their reaction will be like clockwork."
Example of Mass Casualty Exersise
Emergency Responders Train For Mass Casualty Incident
Oklahoma City and Tinker Air Force Base emergency responders take part in a simulated plane crash.
The exercise allowed the agencies to work together and focus on playing different roles to get the best result.The biggest goal for most was improving communication skills.
Emergency responders say the joint exercise allows them to see where problems arise and how to fix them for a real life event. It also allows them to handle command change and dealing with seperate agencies on scene.
After the exercise evaluators will asses what happened and identify areas that need improvement. They hope it will better prepare them for an incident of this magnitude.