Red Deer Emergency Services fire-medics aided by Red Deer County volunteer firefighters treat two patients in a mock disaster at the Collicutt Centre Tuesday.

Emergency personnel face mock mass-casualty incident

A tornado tore into the Collicutt Centre on Tuesday, injuring 50 people and collapsing some of the building.



A tornado tore into the Collicutt Centre on Tuesday, injuring 50 people and collapsing some of the building.

Not.

But that scenario challenged Red Deer Emergency Services and its Alberta Health Services and Red Deer County counterparts in a mock mass casualty incident on the recreation centre’s east end.

“Crews had to come in and assess the stability of the structure and how many patients they have,” said Red Deer EMS assistant Damian LaGrange.

“It overwhelmed our system so we had to change our approach, triaging patients as red, yellow or green. It really tasks our people and puts them into positions where we don’t normally have people in roles,” he said. That included extrication, triage, treatment and transportation officers.

All are supervised by a medical branch officer, who then reports to incident command, which ultimately answers to the City of Red Deer’s Emergency Operations Centre, a downtown hub of department heads and staff.

“There are so many different roles involved, it becomes a real challenge to us to practice.”

While the 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. exercise didn’t disrupt centre activities, patrons found victims distributed around the centre suffering from minor to major injuries designated by wrist information bands. Portrayed by Notre Dame and Hunting Hills High School students, plus volunteers, they were evacuated to tents on the east side soccer pitch for treatment before climbing aboard a city transit bus for evacuation from the scene.

The exercise came days before Emergency Preparedness Week, May 5 to 11, an annual event co-ordinated by Public Safety Canada in co-operation with the provinces and territories.

Get information on how household emergency protection and management online at www.getprepared.gc.ca.

rfiedler@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

UPDATED: Jury selection underway for Red Deer murder trial

Trial looking at a 2015 stabbing death outside the Village Mall

New locations for photo radar starting Friday

Red Deer RCMP will be at playgrounds and traffic corridors

GoFundMe account set up for large Springbrook family

Untimely death hits Red Deer-area family

Updated: Red Deer RCMP introduce downtown policing unit

A four-member downtown Red Deer RCMP unit hit the beat on Thursday… Continue reading

McGill students vote overwhelmingly for change to Redmen team nickname

MONTREAL — Students at McGill University have voted by a large majority… Continue reading

Mira Sorvino urges #MeToo to do more than ‘name and shame’

NEW YORK — Mira Sorvino believes the key to eradicating sexual misconduct… Continue reading

Stan Lee hoped to make Canadian-set series about Indigenous cop, says producer

TORONTO — Stan Lee struggled in his final years to get broadcasters… Continue reading

Holding out slim hope as crews search for more fire dead

PARADISE, Calif. — More than a dozen coroner search and recovery teams… Continue reading

Comic book genius Stan Lee, Spider-Man creator, dies at 95

LOS ANGELES — Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic… Continue reading

Canada intelligence officials have heard audio of Khashoggi murder, Trudeau says

PARIS — Justin Trudeau says Canadian intelligence officials have listened to a… Continue reading

Canada hoping to solve U.S. tariff dispute by G20 meetings at month’s end: PM

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s hopeful that Canada can… Continue reading

Bishops will delay votes on steps to combat sex abuse crisis

BALTIMORE — In an abrupt change of plans, the president of the… Continue reading

Most Read