Simulated Crash Landing Tests Texas First Responders — Or — How to Expand Awareness to Local EMS About Your Sim Program

Are you looking to expand awareness about your healthcare simulation program and its services to local and regional healthcare educators? Why not create a mock simulated mass casualty event like the folks from San Antonio to bring the emergency medical services community together? By putting on such an event, all of the local and regional representatives will become more aware of your program, its services, and the power of simulation! Even if you aren’t trying to market your program — a mock mass casualty training can help ready your region for unforeseeable disasters.

Wednesday’s simulation featured a realistic scene of catastrophe. Smoke billowed out from canisters underneath an airliner, and dozens of wounded travelers lay bloodied in the large field next to the closed-off runway. The first crews on the scene doused the plane in foam. Later, medical staff arrived to perform triage, transporting the wounded and the dead to a tent meant to represent an on-site hospital . Are you looking to expand awareness about your simulation program and its services to local and regional healthcare educators?

Emergency responders and volunteers stage the scene of a mass casualty incident during a drill at San Antonio International Airport. Hundreds of rescue personnel responded Wednesday to a simulated aircraft crash landing on one of the runways at the San Antonio International Airport. Nearly 350 first responders participated in the mass casualty exercise. The Federal Aviation Administration mandates that all commercial airports carry out one of these drills every three years. Russ Handy, the airport’s aviation director, said that members of over 22 city, state, and federal agencies and departments coordinated efforts to address how they would handle a large-scale emergency event.


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“The biggest challenge in a situation like this is all of the coordination and communication of all those disparate agencies, because we don’t do that all that often,” Handy said. Aviation and City staff prepare for a variety of emergency situations. City Manager Sheryl Sculley, San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood, and San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus all observed the drill. McManus said that such emergency simulations help first responders be as prepared as possible, whether it’s for an event triggered by a criminal act or a natural disaster.

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