Emergency response skills put to the test in mass casualty training simulation

Multiple emergency services personnel, including CareFlight Doctors, will respond to a simulated mass casualty incident involving car wrecks at Florence Bay on Thursday, May 28.

CareFlight is advising locals not to be alarmed during this training exercise and request that they not call Triple Zero.

CareFlight’s Townsville Base Clinical Lead, Doctor Ben Butson, said this vital exercise will help prepare CareFlight Doctors for a worst case scenario.

“The simulated exercise will be staged in a geographically remote area on Magnetic Island under realistic conditions similar to what emergency responders would experience in the event of a mass casualty incident,” Doctor Butson said.

“Emergency responders will have the added difficulties of dealing with poor communications while working in a high pressure environment.”

All emergency services units will be tested on their preparedness, response capabilities, decision making and rescue operation procedures during the simulated incident, which will be constructed to be as realistic as possible.

CareFlight Doctors will undertake an initial triage of casualties and practice essential pre-hospital medical care.

The practical exercise is also designed to test technical coordination and disaster management by helping to streamline emergency management operations between multiple agencies working together at the scene of a mass casualty accident.

The multi-agency exercise will be attended by approximately 40 emergency services staff and volunteers from CareFlight, Queensland Government Air, Queensland Ambulance Service, Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, Queensland Rural Fire Service, Queensland Police Service, the Military, SES, and Magnetic Island Auxiliary Fire and Emergency Service.

During the 2013-2014 financial year, 4,055 patients were seen by CareFlight Doctors.