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Warrior medics enhance response capabilities during mass casualty exercise

Warrior medics from 59th Medical Wing treat a patient suffering from simulated injuries during a July 13, 2016 disaster response training exercise at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The exercise, which simulated an aircraft crash, was designed to test the medics’ response skills in the event of a similar real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

Warrior medics from 59th Medical Wing treat a patient suffering from simulated injuries during a July 13, 2016 disaster response training exercise at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The exercise, which simulated an aircraft crash, was designed to test the medics’ response skills in the event of a similar real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

Medics from the 59th Medical Wing triage a patient during a disaster response exercise July 13, 2016 at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The exercise simulated an aircraft crash designed to test the medics’ response skills in the event of a similar real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

Medics from the 59th Medical Wing triage a patient during a disaster response exercise July 13, 2016 at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The exercise simulated an aircraft crash designed to test the medics’ response skills in the event of a similar real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

Members of the 59th Medical Wing disaster response team secure a patient to a litter prior to transport during a July 13, 2016 exercise at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. More than 50 Airmen participated in the exercise, which simulated an aircraft crash designed to test the team’s ability to respond and treat patients in the event of a real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

Members of the 59th Medical Wing disaster response team secure a patient to a litter prior to transport during a July 13, 2016 exercise at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. More than 50 Airmen participated in the exercise, which simulated an aircraft crash designed to test the team’s ability to respond and treat patients in the event of a real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

Airmen from the 59th Medical Wing roll a simulated patient on its back to better assess its injuries during a disaster response exercise July 13, 2016 at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. More than 50 disaster response team members participated in the exercise, which simulated an aircraft crash designed to test the team’s ability to respond and treat patients in the event of a real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

Airmen from the 59th Medical Wing roll a simulated patient on its back to better assess its injuries during a disaster response exercise July 13, 2016 at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. More than 50 disaster response team members participated in the exercise, which simulated an aircraft crash designed to test the team’s ability to respond and treat patients in the event of a real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

Senior Airman Lucas Reaume, a paramedic from the 59th Emergency Medical Services team, observes medics from the 59th MDW as they triage a patient during a July 13, 2016 disaster response exercise at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The paramedics served as evaluators during the exercise, which simulated an aircraft crash. Evaluators were tasked to assess the response, and identify best practices and areas for improvement to ensure that 59th MDW warrior medics remain mission ready and capable. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

Senior Airman Lucas Reaume, a paramedic from the 59th Emergency Medical Services team, observes medics from the 59th MDW as they triage a patient during a July 13, 2016 disaster response exercise at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The paramedics served as evaluators during the exercise, which simulated an aircraft crash. Evaluators were tasked to assess the response, and identify best practices and areas for improvement to ensure that 59th MDW warrior medics remain mission ready and capable. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

A medic from the 59th Medical Wing applies a tourniquet on a simulated patient during a July 13, 2016 disaster response exercise at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The exercise simulated an aircraft crash designed to test the medics’ response skills in the event of a similar real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

A medic from the 59th Medical Wing applies a tourniquet on a simulated patient during a July 13, 2016 disaster response exercise at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The exercise simulated an aircraft crash designed to test the medics’ response skills in the event of a similar real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

Medics from the 59th Medical Wing triage a patient during a disaster response exercise July 13, 2016 at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The exercise simulated an aircraft crash designed to test the medics’ response skills in the event of a similar real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

Medics from the 59th Medical Wing triage a patient during a disaster response exercise July 13, 2016 at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The exercise simulated an aircraft crash designed to test the medics’ response skills in the event of a similar real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

Medics from of the 59th Medical Wing tend to patients with simulated injuries during a July 13, 2016 disaster response exercise on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. More than 50 Airmen participated in the exercise, which simulated an aircraft crash designed to test the team’s ability to respond and treat patients in the event of a real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

Medics from of the 59th Medical Wing tend to patients with simulated injuries during a July 13, 2016 disaster response exercise on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. More than 50 Airmen participated in the exercise, which simulated an aircraft crash designed to test the team’s ability to respond and treat patients in the event of a real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

Disaster response team members from the 59th Medical Wing transport a simulated patient to an ambulance during a July 13, 2016 exercise at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. More than 50 Airmen participated in the exercise, which simulated an aircraft crash designed to test the team’s ability to respond and treat patients in the event of a real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

Disaster response team members from the 59th Medical Wing transport a simulated patient to an ambulance during a July 13, 2016 exercise at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. More than 50 Airmen participated in the exercise, which simulated an aircraft crash designed to test the team’s ability to respond and treat patients in the event of a real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

Lt. Col. Eddie Uy, a 59th Medical Wing staff pediatrician, examines a patient with simulated injuries during the July 13, 2016 disaster response exercise at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The exercise, which simulated an aircraft crash, was designed to test the medics’ response skills in the event of a similar real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)
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Lt. Col. Eddie Uy, a 59th Medical Wing staff pediatrician, examines a patient with simulated injuries during the July 13, 2016 disaster response exercise at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The exercise, which simulated an aircraft crash, was designed to test the medics’ response skills in the event of a similar real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

Disaster response team members move simulated patients through a decontamination station during a July 13, 2016 exercise at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The exercise simulated an aircraft crash designed to test the medics’ response skills in the event of a similar real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)
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Disaster response team members move simulated patients through a decontamination station during a July 13, 2016 exercise at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The exercise simulated an aircraft crash designed to test the medics’ response skills in the event of a similar real-world incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas --

The 59th Medical Wing’s disaster response capabilities were put to the test during a mass casualty exercise July 13 at Camp Bramble on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

 

The purpose of the exercise was to give our people an opportunity to train together in a realistic setting where we can duplicate the types of missions, which we may be called to respond to, said Col. Mark Ervin, 59th MDW chief of operational medicine.

 

According to the wing’s medical emergency manager George Torres, the exercise scenario simulated a collision between a commercial airliner and an F-16 on the Kelly Airfield runway. Torres said there were more than 150 disaster response team members participating in the exercise.

 

“Our disaster response team is comprised of five smaller units,” he said. “We have decontamination, clinical support, triage, manpower and security; each of which fills a different but vital role in emergency response.”

 

Once on scene, the teams deployed and began operations.

 

There were a total of 30 staged patients with simulated injuries ranging from cardiac arrest and multi-system failure to minor abrasions and bruises.

 

We took a different approach by pacing the exercise in a way that allowed teams to fully explore interesting teaching opportunities, said Ervin. “This gave us a chance to take full advantage of the exercise.”

 

With the training done, the team will evaluate performance, analyze lessons learned and look for process improvements before taking on the next disaster response exercise, which can happen at a moment’s notice.