Coast Guard and regional emergency response partners to engage in mass rescue exercise

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MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif – The U.S. Coast Guard and regional emergency response partners are scheduled to participate in a full-scale mass rescue exercise, April 13, 2011 at various locations in Eureka, Calif.

Coast Guard Group/Air Station Humboldt Bay will team up with more than 24 state, local and industry partners to conduct the largest full-scale mass rescue exercise in regional history

During the exercise, victim actors will be rescued from the water at the scene of the incident, transported to a land triage site, and then transported to regional hospitals for treatment. The American Red Cross will also be exercising their family reception center capability during the exercise.

This exercise promotes unity of effort for participant agencies. It will test and validate contingency plans and follow best practices and lessons learned from the 2009 Alaska National Mass Rescue Operations Exercise. Areas of focus for this exercise include:

  • Maritime search and rescue capabilities
  • Mass rescue operations management
  • Shore side community mass casualty incident capabilities
  • Landing/triage site management, survivor handling and accountability
  • Public information outreach (media management)

The exercise is designed to challenge participants to make difficult decisions, carry out essential functions and maintain a common operating picture during an incident of regional significance. Interagency coordination and communication will play key roles in the exercise’s success, as well as enhance regional readiness for future incidents.

This exercise is not open to the public.

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