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Originally posted by finemanm
Sorry to break it to you, but its just more wasteful spending for a useless government vehicle.
It went something like this: A category 3 hurricane with wind speeds of 110 mph and tornados hit Brunswick County on Saturday morning, collapsing two houses in Shallotte and Grissettown. Dozens of people were injured, some were dead, and others were trapped under debris inside the homes. The scenario was, of course, fictional on an otherwise sunny and hot Saturday, but emergency crews participating in the “hurricane structural collapse training exercise” treated every detail – even using real radio channels and codes – as if the disaster really happened. “This is probably the largest multi-jurisdictional exercise that we’ve done in the county,” Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson said. “We never did one utilizing this many local resources and multiple sites at one time.” A $25,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security paid for the training, and more than 170 emergency workers from more than a dozen agencies participated. Thompson said the exercise was an opportunity to use new sophisticated equipment and work with other agencies on scenarios that potentially could occur here. Different training scenarios happened simultaneously at houses in Shallotte and Grissettown, which were collapsed by heavy equipment before the exercise. In one situation, several “victims,” played by Boy Scouts and other volunteers, sat on the ground outside the collapsed house on Frontage Road in Shallotte. Wounds – painted on with fake blood and paint – were noticeable on their arms, legs and other body parts. Rescue workers practiced carrying them to the county’s new Mobile Evacuation Bus that can hold 20 patients on stretchers and 10 in wheelchairs. The bus carried the “victims” to Dosher Memorial Hospital, where hospital administrators knew of the exercise, but doctors and nurses were unaware of the training they were about to go through. Urban search and rescue responders from Greenville and Fayetteville fire stations participated, using rescue dogs and cameras that could detect people caught beneath debris, where rescue workers can’t see. The exercise concluded Saturday afternoon with a review, and Thompson said emergency officials will implement the training report into the county’s disaster recovery plan for future reference in case a similar situation happens. “I think there’s a lot of different things to take out of this today,” he said. Shannan Bowen: 343-2016
This year the EMS department participated in a grant opportunity to increase the medical surge capacity should it be challenged to evacuate patients or special needs individuals. The Brunswick County Emergency Services Department has been approved for a $324,162.00 grant award to assist with the purchase of a Medical Transport Bus. The bus would be utilized for the transport of mass casualty victims, special needs transports during disaster evacuations and assist with patient relocation from fixed facilities within the region. We are receiving the grant award as a way to build partnerships regionally with a needed resource for this area.
Originally posted by emsed1
FEMA is not the enemy. FEMA is visible.
The enemy is one you can't see.