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Niagara Falls Air Base holds accident response simulation

Thu, May 24th 2018 05:00 pm
Scenes from the simulation. (Photos by Kevin and Dawn Cobello, K&D Action Photo & Aerial Imaging)
Scenes from the simulation. (Photos by Kevin and Dawn Cobello, K&D Action Photo & Aerial Imaging)
On a rainy Saturday morning, the Niagara Falls Air Base hosted a mass accident response exercise to prepare for any possible crash in the future. With the Thunder of Niagara Air Show set to take place on June 9 and 10, the setting of the simulation was for preparation in the event of an air show crash.
There were approximately 50 actors dressed as wounded victims of the simulated crash to give the first responders an accurate feel of the event. The response portion of the exercise began at 9 a.m. and included emergency response to the simulated crash, victim extraction and triage of patients. In addition to members of the 914th Air Refueling Wing, there was participation from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Niagara County Emergency Services, Grand Island Civil Emergency Response Team, as well as several state and county emergency response agencies from the Niagara County area.
This type of exercise is designed to evaluate the capability of the Niagara Falls ARS to respond to a simulated accident involving mass casualties; evaluate the effectiveness of the emergency response plan and test and evaluate mutual aid agreements with first responders from Niagara County. The NFARS is required to conduct joint exercises to ensure the readiness of both the installation, and the community, in the event of a major accident or disaster. Joint exercises are a proven tool for developing effective working relationships and evaluating emergency response capabilities.
In other air base news, the Thunder of Niagara Air Show lineup is set and VIP tickets are available for the Saturday and Sunday shows. For the full lineup and ticket information, visit thunderofniagara.com. 

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