posted on Mar, 15 2004 @ 02:23 PM
Sure, it would be my pleasure to answer those questions.
Basically the following was the scenario. An explosion occured in the stadium. After the first explosion emergency responders were deployed from
their stations (which were actually in the Shea parking lot for the excersize). A few moments later they were informed that there was the possibility
of secondary devices, and then those were confirmed. When the scene was determined to be safe by investigators, trained medical personnel were
allowed in to assist patients. It worked as follows:
Patients wore tags around their necks describing what was wrong with them. Based on that the first group of personnel would put a colored tag on
Green = walking wounded (maybe a sprained ankle, or some small cuts),
Yellow = needs treatment fairly soon (maybe a broken arm)
Red = needs treatment now (someone with a major wound, or someone breathing more than 30 times a minute)
Black = don't bother. Sad... I know. but when dealing with mutiple casualties you can't waste limited resources on someone who won't make it
anyways when there's dozens of others who have a chance. (Someone not breathing at all would get a black tag)
Those patients (who were volunteers and trainees from different agencies) would simulate being hurt, including the patient's mental state, would be
loaded onto ambulances and taken out to an area of the parking lot where response times, transport times, treatments administered etc would be
evaluated. Also many patients were brought to hospitals around the city.
In the midst of all this, word was spread that a man was found with suspicious documents and was being searched and frisked etc.
We did not encounter anything too far out of hand thanfully. We weren't simulating someone dropping a nuke on us or anything, but there were many
possibilities for the explosion. Was it a dirty bomb, any chemical or bio agents? We had respirators, masks, helmets, suits etc...
All in all, a very very very productive excersize. I'd HIGHLY recommend other cities doing this as well. It's pricey as hell, but just the
opportunity to get the various agencies together and working with each other makes it all worth it.
I know that if something happens in NYC, the people who participated in the drill will be better equipped to deal with it. Money well spent.
Sorry I missed the last part of your question. The professional agencies who participated were FDNY, EMS, NYPD, OEM (emergency management), OME
(Medical Examiner), and a few others of that sort. Additionally, representatives of at least 5 or 6 volunteer Ambulance groups were active
participants as well. The patients were auxiliary cops, FDNY trainees, EMS students etc. I didn't see any "civilians" really except a lot of
press coverage. Everyone who was there had a job to do and otherwise the area was quite restricted.
[Edited on 3-15-2004 by Djarums]