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MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Sugarloaf Exercise a Success
November 8, 2010
Over 270 responders, ski patrol, victims, and other participants were simulating what is being described as a, "First of it's Kind" exercise on Sunday, November 7, 2010. The popular Maine ski mountain simulated a chair lift accident with 30 victims injured and over 100 victims needing to be evacuated from the chair lifts.
The victims were triaged by ski patrol and Northstar EMS. The injured were transported to a near by health center and then the EMS crew were taken out of rotation to simulate the time it actually took to transport them to the hosptial. Ski patrollers and firefighters rescued the individuals from the chair lift using ropes and a ladder truck.
Franklin Memorial Hospital and Redington Fairview Hospital also tested their emergency plans as they simulated a surge of patients coming into their emergency rooms.
Earl Connor from Sugarloaf Ski Patrol was the lead exercise planner. Franklin County EMA, MEMA, US Coast Guard, Knox EMA, and Rumford Hospital were also part of the exercise and made up the evaluation staff.
An after action conference will be conducted in the near future which will discuss the improvements that need to be made to the plans tested.
Contact:Jeremy Damren, State Exercise Officer
Last update: 07/20/10
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