Rutland Regional Airport and RRMC Stage Emergency Exercise

Rutland Regional Airport and RRMC Stage Emergency Exercise

Rutland Regional Airport and RRMC Stage Emergency Exercise

A recent emergency exercise in Rutland tested the preparedness and response of local, regional and state agencies. Photo by Christopher Wright.

A recent emergency exercise in Rutland tested the preparedness and response of local, regional and state agencies. Photo by Christopher Wright.

Approximately 200 state and local fire, rescue, law enforcement and volunteers participated in a full-scale emergency exercise at the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport and Rutland Regional Medical Center on May 21.A simulated plane crash at the airport produced mock casualties which were transported to the medical center by rescue units. Fire departments were on scene to extinguish the fire and law enforcement to secure the scene and investigate the incident. The exercise took place to test the preparedness and response of local, regional and state agencies should a real crisis occur. Hospitals are required by the Joint Commission to have disaster response plans in place and conduct periodic exercises for improvement and training purposes. “The goal of this exercise is to enhance working relationships and collaboration between the agencies and organizations involved,” said Beth Winter, exercise director and manager of emergency preparedness at RRMC. “It’s a mock exercise, but a very real test of our ability to respond to an actual disaster. We appreciate the cooperation of everyone involved.”

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