Operation Urban Rescue – A Huge Success
Unitek Education's 2nd annual, mass- casualty simulation OPERATION URBAN RESCUE was a massive achievement for the numerous agencies involved.
Hundreds of personnel swarmed the scene to provide urgent care and control the situation.
In the early hours of 4/5/14, agencies gathered to plan their response. After SWAT teams secured the primary insurgent threat, HAZMAT teams moved into the blast area and created a parameter around the surviving victims. Decontamination response units worked quickly to suit up and start assessing patient needs, prioritizing urgent care, and moving victims through decontamination procedures. Patients were moved from the decon units into medical tents for immediate care. While immediate victims started treatment, rescue personnel continued the search for trapped victims in mangled rubble and smashed cars, ripping off car doors and sawing through concrete debris. EMTs worked alongside field medics to stabilize patients and mark critical cases for immediate transfer or airlift. Ambulances and helicopters worked in conjunction to move patients to hospitals where medics, nurses, and doctors scrambled to handle the constant flow of wounded patients.
At the end of the day wreckage had been cleared, insurgents neutralized, and hundreds of patients had been processed, moved, and "saved". After hours of planning and hard work, Operation Urban Rescue succeeded providing a real-world training experience for every member of the twenty plus agencies involved. Responders assessed the scenario, responded to immediate medical emergencies, and coordinated with other agencies to secure the disaster scene and render care.
Featured video – NBC News
Operation Urban Rescue 2014: Business on the Edge Podcast with Margaret Jackson
Margaret Jackson, host of KDOW's Business on the Edge radio show, reflects on her experience at Operation Urban Rescue 2014. More Business Podcasts can be found at Blog Talk Radio with Business on the Edge.
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