FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ANNOUNCEMENT: NWMIMT PARTICIPATES IN MULTIPLE CASUALTY INCIDENT (MCI) TRAINING AND EXERCISE
First Responders from across Western Mass test the Franklin County MCI Plan
SHELBURNE March 24, 2016- The Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team (NWMIMT) will be working alongside first responders from over 35 agencies from across Western Massachusetts at a training and exercise on April 1 and 2 to learn about how to respond to an incident resulting in multiple casualties. This two part event includes a didactic portion on Friday April 1 at Greenfield Community College and an exercise at the East Deerfield railyard on April 2.
During the initial training on Friday evening from 6-9 in the Main Campus Building Cafeteria, participants will be instructed by Community911 Training, Inc. about the characteristics of a Mass Casualty event and how it is declared; the use of triage and how it is used, and the implementation strategies and protocols of the National Incident Management. Scene safety will be emphasized, with a focus on how to respond while taking into account the cause of the emergency and potential hazards that may be present.
The hands-on exercise on Saturday from 8-5 at the East Deerfield Rail Yard on McClelland Farm Road will include practical training at 6 different stations. Participants will perform triage of victims and receive feedback from instructors in a variety of physical settings. In the afternoon a drill will simulate an actual response, using the current Franklin County MCI response plan.
“Mass Casualty Exercises are important because they help train staff on our emergency response procedures and how to handle many casualties and fatalities,” said Dennis Annear, NWMIMT Team Leader. “This training has not been provided locally in many years and our ability to communicate and work cooperatively to respond quickly and effectively is a critical and complex skill that takes knowledge and practice. Recent terrorist bombings in France and Belgium underscore the importance and relevance of the training.”
The exercise is sponsored by the Franklin County Regional Emergency Planning Committee, with support from the Western Regional Homeland Security Advisory Council and PanAm Railways. NWMIMT is supported by the Tri-state Fire Mutual Aid Association, the Western Mass Homeland Security Council and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. NWMIMT is one of two Incident Management Teams credentialed to operate in Massachusetts.
The event is not open to the public.
Deputy Team Leader
Angus "Terry" Dun