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MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Oxford County Holds "One of a Kind" Exercise -- Again
September 27, 2009
The Oxford County Emergency Management Agency conducted an Alternate Care Facility full scale exercise at the Oxford Hills High School on Sunday, September 27, 2009. Approximately 50 victims, who were from various high school sports teams were assisting during this exercise. Also, approximately 75 responders, health care staff, red cross volunteers, and communications support personnel assisted during this exercise.
This exercise is truly one of a kind. The exercise call was from the Oxford Plains Speedway simulating a collapse in the stand and several people were injured. An alternate care facility was to be established at the Oxford Hills High School and patients could be transported there. This is set up to help alleviate the emergency rooms in Western and Central Maine from being over loaded with patients.
Doctors and nurses triaged and treated the patients in the gymnasium. Pace Ambulance was also on scene to assist in the event that patients needed to be transported elsewhere.
Several photos have been uploaded to MEMA's page on Facebook.
This exercise was the second major and innovative event hosted by Oxford County in a month. On August 23, Oxford EMA Hosted a sheltering exercise at Oxford Hills High School. In partnership with the American Red Cross, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) established a people and pet shelter in which volunteers and their pets were actually housed for a period of time. This was a very valuable exercise for Oxford County, which has very active CERT and CART (County Animal Response Team) programs. The exercise gave all the players a chance to experienced and resolve any challenges that might be encountered in an actual sheltering situation.
For more information on exercising your plan, contact your County Emergency Management Agency or Maine Emergency Management Agency.
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