Emergency responders used Missouri State University to simulate a mass casualty incident.
First responders carried victims out of Plaster Sports Complex and loading them into ambulances. It’s all part of an inter-agency drill for a mass casualty emergency. It’s a response they’ve been working on for about two years. They will continue to fine tune, because they know they must be prepared for a mass emergency.
Missouri State University staff, firefighters, police, sheriff’s deputies, EMS, and Ozark Technical College are all involved in this drill. The scenario is a mass shooting situation where someone also hit people with a car. Actors are playing the role of victims, as well as some mannequins. First responders are testing a model that is a little different then what they’ve done in the past, called a rescue task force. In this scenario, firefighters and EMS are working side-by-side with law enforcement to reach victims on the scene.
“The model of a rescue task force has been used in a lot of ways on the west coast for a long time,” said Chief David Pennington, Springfield Fire Department. “The model, as it relates to an active threat, began to evolve out of the numerous school shootings and large-scale incidents from Paris to Las Vegas. So we are modifying that to our community, because how we operate is different than everyone else.”
All of those involved will discuss what they could have done better, as they continue to improve their preparedness. They just hope they will never need to respond to an emergency like this one.
By Linda Russell | KY3