FORT WORTH, TX – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In support of the Air Force 301st Medical Squadron (MDS), Expeditionary Medical Force (EMF) Dallas One Detachments H & Q, Naval Air Station (NAS) Fort Worth Fire Department, and the Multi-Agency Coordination System (MACS), 24 members of both the 154th and 388th Composite Squadrons (CS), Group VI, Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), were requested to support a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Exercise which took place at NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base (JRB) on July 28, 2018. The purpose of the exercise was to increase Joint Forces readiness and their ability to effectively collaborate in the planning and implementation of rapid medical interventions, immediate stabilization of life threats, and rapid evacuation of injured personnel to safety and higher level of care. MedSTAR Ambulance Bus (AMBUS) was employed to transport casualties from the simulated attack site to the Medical Control Center (MCC).
The intent of the exercise was to overwhelm local available resources with casualties from a simulated explosion, in order to facilitate real time decisions necessary to mitigate and respond to these events. Personnel from the 154th and 388th CS had simulated injuries (Moulage) applied to their bodies in order to increase the realism and exercise fidelity. This included open wounds, major bleeding, amputations and other primary and secondary injuries indicative to explosions. Some members were also asked to simulate emotional and mental stress associated with a terrorist attack. CAP personnel were treated according to their injuries, using simulated treatment measures, under military medical protocols.
In addition to serving as simulated casualties, CAP members we invited to observe military personnel decision making, medical interventions, and security measures. Some CAP personnel also served in administrative roles within the MCC, documenting casualty movement and treatment plans. One cadet was employed in a surprise secondary attack role as well.
CAP members were invited to join the military personnel in a burger burn cookout after the exercises were completed. It was an excellent opportunity for active duty service members and reservists to interact with cadets on a more personal level. Several cadets commented that the exercise will certainly influence their decision to choose a military career.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.