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Mass Casualty Drill Conducted Simulating the Downing of Large Aircraft (Actual Audio)

BROOKSVILLE – Hernando County Fire Rescue conducted a mass casualty drill Friday, simulating rescue procedures used to save lives in the event of a downed aircraft.

Officials say the drill was performed to challenge the abilities of emergency first responders and community partners in the event that a real-life disaster was to occur at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport. For the purposes of the drill, local partners responded to a plane crash at BKV and triaged various levels of injuries. Although unusual, it is not unrealistic that an event of this nature could occur.  BKV was chosen as the drill site considering that the runways can accommodate large aircrafts such as Air Force One.  The drill allowed HCFR administrators to review and improve operational readiness should a mass casualty incident occur.

To make this drill as realistic as possible, volunteer victims were deployed on the scene while others were deployed to local hospital emergency rooms.  HCFR personnel responded to the scene and began to treat patients and assess the situation.

The following community partners participated in this drill:  Oak Hill Hospital, Bayfront Spring Hill, Bayfront Brooksville, Bayonet Point Hospital, students from Nature Coast Technical High School, Hernando County Fire Corps, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management, Medfleet, Inc., Florida Department of Health – Hernando, Hernando and Pasco county Community Emergency Response Teams, Bayflite and nursing students from Pasco Hernando State College and Keiser University.

RNRF put together the following slide show along with actual radio traffic captured during the mass casualty drill.



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  • Thank you all that participated, lets hope that this is all we have to do is practice for some thing like that, Im in the line of the Hernando county airport and hope no big planes do end up crashing.

    Wednesday, 14 October 2015, 10:07 pm

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