by Tech. Sgt. Andria J. Allmond
111th Attack Wing Public Affairs
11/2/2014 - HORSHAM AIR GUARD STATION, Pa. -- Preparing
for a worst-case scenario commonly requires more than computer-based
training and sometimes involves blood, sweat and tears as some service
members of the 111th Medical Group here found out Nov. 2.
The 111th MDG medics, nurses, physicians and incident command members
were put to the test during a mock explosion, causing a simulated
With student flight members swathed with moulaged injuries ranging from,
sucking chest wounds to broken bones, the exercise participants'
actions and treatments were assessed against the base plans checklist
for explosions in antiterrorist-type exercises.
"I am a firm believer in that we should play as we fight," said Maj.
Marion E. Every, 111th MDG health services administrator and wing
inspection team member. "I do not like to do a lot of simulation; I
would like the Airman to use supplies and treat wounds as they would
with a real injury."
According to Every, the medical group undergoes inspections for mass
causality response at least yearly. And while the scenarios originate
from the base plans checklists, she said she often incorporates ideas
from current events in the news. Additionally, she stated she includes
valuable teaching points from past exercises.
"We test the use of base plans and the medical group's skills in triage,
patient tracking, bandaging, splinting and basic care to stabilize
patients until outside [emergency medical services] can come on site, "
And the team accomplished just that.
"They did great," said Lt. Col. Elizabeth Topol, who served on the wing
inspection team for the exercise. "One of the major themes we wanted to
stress to those playing in the exercise is that everyone here is trained
in self-aid and buddy care, as well as CPR. Everyone can help; it
isn't necessary to step aside and wait for a nurse or medic to take
With live simulated causalities strewn about, wing members got to work
triaging, treating and delivering help to the victims within all
available means. The exercise continues until all injured were treated
and the mock deceased were accounted for.
"We make this as real as possible," said Topol. "We want our people
using supplies, splinting and doing whatever they need to. We do this so
people don't freeze during the real thing ... because, this is a very
real scenario now. The time for just simulation is long gone, now we
exercise to the point of reality."