Disaster Exercise/Drill Photography: Hospital, Large Events Sites, Businesses
Medical Response, Decontamination, Multi-casualty, Active Shooter, Air Response, Seminar, Workshop, Table Top Exercises
August 14, 2019: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, in conjunction with the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Dignity Health-St. Mary Medical Center Disaster Resource Center, Department of Health & Human Services, State, Local, and Tribal governments, and civilian organizations, conducted an exercise of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) at the Joint Forces Base, Los Alamitos, CA.
A multi-hospital decontamination training DRILL was held June 20, 2019 in the parking lot of San Dimas Hospital. Several hospitals in the area participated in the training that included: donning and doffing de-con suits, understanding the use of the equipment, setting up a de-con tent and processing patients effected by a potential chemical or bio-hazard incident.
A mass-casualty drill was held at the Fairplex in Pomona in conjunction with neighboring Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center on April 24, 2018.
The exercise was partly based on the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival last October 2017 in Las Vegas. SWAT, Fire and paramedics, from West Covina, Covina, Glendora, Pomona and Monrovia participated in the special training.
The day started with Bobbie Jo Merica, the owner of Moulage Concepts, Inc., who set her team to task to create 3-D clinical wounds designed to challenge first responders with focused training realism.
Approximately 100 volunteers participated in the simulated mass shooting in the grandstand which lasted nearly two hours.
A multi-agency Active Shooter Exercise was held at Fairplex in Pomona on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Pomona Police Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, La Verne Police Department, Claremont Police Department and Cole Schaefer Ambulance Service worked together using Fairplex staff and employees as participants. The drill was held in three phases between 8:30 - 12:00pm in various Fairplex facilities.
June 30. 2017, Pomona, CA.: Pomona Valley Hospital held a multi-agency, MCI (Multi Casualty Incident) drill Friday morning. The drill was under the direction of Steven Storbakken, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Environmental Safety at Pomona Valley Hospital. The scenario, developed by Chris Riccardi, Constant & Associates, was an active shooter incident that took place at Fairplex sending nearly 50 patients, most with multiple gunshot wounds, to Pomona Valley emergency room. The incident command system was utilized during the drill. Bobbie Merica, Medical Moulage and Trauma Expert of Moulage Concepts, provided an 8-hour training workshop the day prior to the drill. For the actual drill, Bobbie put her skills to work on volunteer "victims" creating life-like trauma in the form of gunshot wounds and lacerations providing doctors and nurses at the emergency room realistic patient conditions to work with. The drill officially started shortly after 9:00 am and concluded approximately 10:45 am.
November 11, 2017: DART, Disaster Air Response Team, in conjunction with the American Red Cross conducted an exercise called “Blood Air Bridge” which transported (empty) boxes of Red Cross blood plasma from Brackett Air Field in Pomona to Santa Monica Airport. The scenario was for the drill was in response to a (simulated) major earthquake that struck during the night causing freeways and major streets to be blocked. Red Cross has a large blood processing facility is in Pomona which supplies approximately 70% of the blood in the area. For the exercise, eight planes flew to Bracket Air Field to pick up blood plasma which were air transported to the Santa Monica Airport. The purpose of the exercise was to show the value of airports to surrounding communities during times of disaster. For additional information: Dave Hopkins, Santa Monica Airport Association