There will be a mass casualty drill at UNCG on Thursday. About 250 emergency personnel including police officers, firefighters, paramedics and others will participate in a day-long mass casualty drill on the UNCG campus at the McIver Building site. The exercise will start at 9 a.m. and run until about 2 p.m., according to Zach Smith, UNCG’s emergency services director with simulated expected gunfire between 9 and 11 a.m.
Agencies participating in the mass casualty drill include UNCG resources as well as local, state and federal response partners. UNCG participants include the University’s Police Department, Office of Emergency Management, Emergency Planning and Response Team, Crisis Policy Group, and the Crisis Information Center. UNCG along with Guilford County will send out an alert to students and people who live nearby about the exercise.
Bridgeway Solutions’ of Morganton, NC is assisting UNCG’s exercise planning team and event facilitator Envirosafe of Burlington with the implementation and use of Salamander solutions including SalamanderLive and RapidTAG EVAC for patient identification, evacuation data and tracking.
Community partners participating in the exercise include: Greensboro Police Department, Greensboro Fire Department, Guilford County EMS, Guilford County Emergency Management, Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina A&T State University, State Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the American Red Cross.
Expect to see some armored personnel carriers, mobile command units and an ambulance bus that will shuttle “victims” to the Greensboro Coliseum, which will stand in for the “hospital” on Thursday.
“The goal of this exercise is to evaluate all of the plans, processes and procedures we have in place,” Smith said. “We’ll use this as an opportunity to make changes and document best practices.”
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