LFCHD helps with large-scale preparedness event
LFCHD staff members took part in a large-scale preparedness training and exercise May 16-17 at the Lexington Veterans Affairs Facility on Leestown Road. The event simulated a tornado, allowing emergency responders to test the evacuation, care and treatment of people in a hospital damaged by the storm. Planners used last year’s tornado in Joplin, Mo., and this year’s tornado in West Liberty, Ky., as examples.
More than two dozen agencies from 17 counties were part of the event. This included hospitals, emergency medical services, long-term health care facilities, coroner response teams, mental health agencies, the VA and the American Red Cross. Taking part from LFCHD were Sybill Caballero, Skip Castleman, Ralph McCracken, Kara Stanfield, Greg Hiles and Kevin Hall.
Training began early May 16 with hospital personnel and first-responders working with stairway and multi-story structure evacuation tools and equipment. There was also an exhibit of emergency response equipment and vehicles that are currently available in Central Kentucky. The equipment includes mass casualty mobile response vehicles, a mobile field hospital, mobile command vehicles, mobile communications vehicles and a mass fatality trailer system.
On May 17, volunteer role-players acted as live disaster victims, allowing healthcare and rescue groups to assist them during the evacuation/treatment part of the exercise.
The exercise received coverage from WLEX, WKYT, WTVQ, WUKY and KyForward.com.