TONIGHT: Walla Walla emergency responders to hold simulated drill in case of mass casualty incident

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. — First responders from across the region are slated to participate in a drill simulating a mass casualty incident in the event that one day, one of these tragic occurrences forces them into action.

According to the Emergency Management Department based out of Walla Walla County, this exercise will take place at the Walla Walla Regional Airport at 6:00 p.m. on May 12. Emergency responders including medics and fire personnel, law enforcement agents, and staff from Providence St. Mary Medical Center will all be active participants.

The exercise will simulate a full-scale mass casualty incident (MCI), which Emergency Management specialists defined as “any incident in which emergency medical services resources, such as personnel and equipment, are overwhelmed by the number and severity of casualties.”

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In order to intensify the simulation, 40 volunteer actors with simulated injuries will also participate so that the exercise is more realistic and unpredictable.

Please be advised that you may notice emergency vehicles, flashing lights, and sirens in the vicinity of Walla Walla Regional Airport as a result of this exercise. Emergency specialists ask that community members steer clear of the area and any emergency vehicles while the exercise is taking place.

This drill is being held in compliance with requirements from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This will be a test of the airport’s emergency plan and ability to effectively respond during emergency scenarios. The FAA requires these drills to be simulated every three years, according to Walla Walla County Emergency Management.

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