A mass casualty drill Wednesday turned into a minor disaster because firetrucks and ambulances couldn’t reach “injured” survivors of a mock plane crash.
American Medical Response ambulances and Colorado Springs firefighters didn’t reach the “crash” scene on Peterson Air Force Base until an hour after the drill began.
Doug McIntyre, a paramedic and disaster coordinator for AMR, said the delay was due to an escort’s failing to accompany the five ambulances and firefighters taking part in the drill through a security gate.
The main problem, said Cindy Litteral, Peterson’s deputy fire chief, was miscommunication.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Posted by Audrey Hudson at Friday, June 29, 2007