|Coast Guard Participates In Simulated Mass Casualty Exercise Air Force Prepares Airmen For Real World Emergencies|
|By Mike Mitchell|
June 19, 2009, Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento -- The U.S. Coast Guard, in coordination with partner federal and local agencies, participated in a mass casualty exercise that simulated a midair collision of a C-130 Hercules aircraft, from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, and a Sacramento Sheriff's Department helicopter, at McClellan Airfield, yesterday morning.
Representatives from the Sacramento Metro Fire Department, Sacramento Police Department, FBI, Federal Emergency Management Association, and a Redwood Emergency Air Care helicopter also participated in the simulated mishap.
Before the drill took place this morning, the various agencies met to discuss response efforts and potential limitations. The discussion focused on the importance of safety and communications. The drill was designed to better prepare responders for an aviation mishap.
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members of the 615th
Contingency Response Wing and 15 other units from around the United
States joined together to participate in HYDRA '09.
The joint exercise is the
615th CRW's most comprehensive training event, organized to allow Airmen
to hone their skills and enhance command, control and joint
interoperability using realistic scenarios.
The exercise has grown from a 615th CRW-only
event in 2007 to a training event that has about 750 participants from
16 different units, some from the Army and Marine Corps.
working jointly with all different services of the military at different
times of the day," said Senior Airman Jason Aglubat, 571st Global
Mobility Squadron aerial port journeyman. "Every day brings different
challenges and learning opportunities." The 11-day exercise began
June 12 and trains participants on a variety of operations that would be
required in the event of an emergency. "It gives us a real sense of what
we would actually be doing if a humanitarian need rose somewhere in the
world," Sergeant Brown said.
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