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Crash off Runway 33
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Barnstable Municipal Airport

Mock Disaster Drill
Saturday October 18, 2003
1715 hours

     An airplane loaded with 30 passengers crashes off runway 33.  The aircraft breaks into several sections and parts become involved in a flammable liquid fire.  Victims are scattered around the scene, some trapped in wreckage.  Many are severely injured.  The airport tower immediately dispatches the airport ARFF team with Truck 820 and RIV 816.  The Hyannis FD responds with its foam pumper and other apparatus as a "Phase 2 Heavy" is declared along with a level 2 MCI.  Mutual aid responds from 8 communities to assist.  The fire is controlled, victims are extricated, patients are triaged, treated, and transported to the local hospital.  Some require decontamination and the new MDU (Massachusetts Decontamination Unit) is deployed.  Barnstable Police respond with their state of the art command and communications vehicle.  The State Police helicopter hovers overhead searching with an infrared camera for a missing victim lost in the woods.  A Coast Guard helicopter and Falcon Jet stand by to transport patients to trauma centers.  Barnstable County Control and Barnstable CMED coordinate mutual aid, communications, and MCI protocols as Cape Cod Hospital gears up to accept the severely injured.  The chaos is quickly brought under control utilizing the Incident Command System and area Mass Casualty Protocols.  This was only a drill, part of a required drill at the airport and hospital.  The system was tested, skills were reviewed, lessons were learned, and the dozens of personnel involved were prepared for the real disasters, large and small, to come in the future.

Photos by
Britton Crosby





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