Corsicana Fire Rescue created a live training exercise Saturday morning, which included training in triage, treatment and transport.
The training exercise, called Incident Command and Mass Casualty, simulated an airplane crash into a crowd of people and is just one of the many tools Chief Paul Henley and emergency crews employ to practice established procedures for a mass casualty situation.
“Any incident that overwhelms resources is considered a mass casualty situation,” said Henley. “We are attempting to hone our abilities and training.”
Participants of this training exercise included local volunteer fire departments and Community Emergency Response Team volunteers. The CERT program educates participants about disaster preparedness and the hazards that may impact their area, training them in basic disaster response skills.
Corsicana ISD students and CISD Chief of Police Scott Stephens provided the mock casualties for the training exercise.
According to Henley, first responders practice emergency procedures by simulating their arrival on scene, assessing triage and prioritizing treatment and transport. The exercise provides an opportunity to practice these procedures and simulate a plan with the goal of ensuring the maximum number of survivors.
“Wounded” volunteers will wear color-coded tags alerting first responders to their condition so that the correct treatment can be given and proper transportation arranged.
“This is something we will start doing yearly along with other training exercises,” said Henley. “It's about learning how to use all our strengths in a crisis.”