Health & Safety

November 21, 2012

Desert Wind 13-02 rattles Edwards

Tags:
412th Test Wing Public Affairs



Five members of Team Edwards were injured following a major earthquake Nov.16 and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

That was one of the scenarios for exercise Desert Wind 13-02, which took place in conjunction with the California Statewide Medical and Health Training Exercise Program.

Team Edwards partnered with Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster during the statewide exercise, working to help the hospital prepare for multiple patients while practicing how to transport victims to and from base.

The exercise tested Edwards√≠ first responders’ ability to handle a major local earthquake while the rest of Team Edwards conducted emergency management scenarios.

First responders from the 412th Security Forces Squadron, the Edwards AFB Fire Department and the 412th Medical Group, responded to a report of injuries at Bldg. 2600, where simulated victims had to be rescued from a roof collapse following the quake.

Medics treated the victims while security forces secured the area. Security forces also ensured security for the base’s resources and conducted road surveys to determine what roads were safe for travel and what roads could have been damaged during the simulated earthquake.

The base’s objectives for the exercise was to evaluate all elements of the disaster response force; perform accountability for base personnel; assess base-wide damage; establish external and internal communication; and to set plans for 24-hour operations.

Four volunteers along with the 412th MDG’s METlman mannequin, were “treated.” The volunteers were fitted with different injuries to make the simulation more real.

The METIman mannequin is a highly technical, highly advanced mannequin that assists in training. It added to the training scenario by allowing us to go beyond our normal capabilities using volunteers as patients. Medical personnel can start an IV on the mannequin and even cut its legs open to facilitate bleeding. The mannequin is operated through a simulator, which is controlled wirelessly from a nearby laptop. It gives the operator complete control over the patient’s environment. The technology provides virtually a limitless variety of scenarios for medical personnel to train with.

The five wounded personnel were then transported to Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster to help them train while they were conducting their own natural disaster exercise. Hospitals and schools around the state were practicing how they would respond to a major earthquake as part of the California Statewide Medical and Health Training Exercise Program.

The scenario for the 2012 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise was a loss of power due to an earthquake. An interruption of the power supply can occur for a variety of reasons: natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes or flooding, wild land and urban fires, mechanical failure and even human error. The impact would be the same – inability to maintain service to the community and its services. Power loss for medical and health providers is a significant concern and can further inhibit a community’s response to such an event.

The AV Hospital focused on topics such as communications, shelter-in-place, medical surge, incident command and resource logistics and distribution.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs September 26, 2014

Varicella vaccine available The 412th Medical Group Immunization Clinic now has the Varicella vaccine available for children 12 months and older who are TRICARE beneficiaries. The clinic is open 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and noon-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays. For questions or concerns, call the clinic at 661-277-3427.  Blood drive The next American...
 
 

When leaders earn their keep

It’s no secret that a key to being a good leader, military or otherwise, is taking care of your people. I strongly believe Airmen aren’t able to perform at their peak if their personal lives are in disarray. Whether financial woes, marital issues, illnesses or other troubles, it’s tough to be at your best when...
 
 
road-closure

Road closure in support of new bulk fuel storage construction

Beginning Oct. 6, barriers will be set across the intersection of S. Muroc Dr. and Wolfe Ave., and also across S. Muroc Drive and Sellar Ave. The closure is necessary to install a new eight-inch fuel line across South Muroc. Tr...
 

 
aafes-retirees

Edwards Exchange honors military retirees

To pay tribute to military¬†veterans’ enduring sacrifices, the Edwards Air Force Base Exchange will salute America’s 2.4 million military retirees with “Still Serving” events, a week of special savings a...
 
 
Courtesy photograph

Local NCO honored by Dodgers

Courtesy photograph Tech. Sgt. Robert Sumner, 412th Security Forces Squadron, sits in the Los Angeles Dodgers dugout Aug. 23 before a game against the New York Mets. Sumner was honored as the Veteran of the Game that day. The L...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara

Edwards Abilities Expo Oct. 9

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Michael Botte, 412th Communications Squadron Information Technology professional, initiates a call Sept. 22 via a video communication device. The video communication devices are provided throu...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>