FORT CAMPBELL, KY. — Fort Campbell first-responders and security officials, as well as off-post agencies from Montgomery County and Hopkinsville, were tested on Thursday with a scenario involving a radioactive “dirty bomb” incident.
A number of Fort Campbell soldiers also took part playing the role of casualties, using make-up simulating burns, cuts and abrasions that added to the realism of the exercise.
The annual Emergency Management and Antiterrorism event simulated the detonation of a remote-controlled device involving approximately 20 immediate area casualties.
Spokesman Jay Fangman explained that a dirty bomb using a material like Cesium-137 – a strongly radioactive isotope – is primarily dangerous when inhaled. Blast effects from the bomb produce casualties in the immediate area similar to detonating any other kind of explosive device, he said, “but no one is going to drop dead in an hour from radiation. The big problem is clean-up to prevent long-term effects.”
First responders arrive
Fort Campbell firefighters arrived on scene shortly after the detonation. Post EMS crews and police arrived shortly after.
As first-responders began assessing casualties, indications of a radiation-producing device alerted them to begin decontamination procedures as ambulatory casualties began to move or were aided in moving toward the triage point set up nearby.
Firefighters hosed down casualties with water (simulated mostly, due to the cool early morning temperatures), which is a quick method of decontamination. Other personnel treated various injuries from blast effects.
Meanwhile, both Montgomery County first-responders and Hopkinsville firefighter units were standing by in case post officials judged that additional assets were needed.
Part of the goal of the exercise was to test not only post resources, but also to test coordination and communications with off-post agencies established by agreements with local governments.
For Fort Campbell first-responders, the goal was to evaluate their ability to respond to an incident; communicate, triage, treat and transport the injured; mitigate the hazard and return to normal operations. Security personnel were tested on their ability to respond to threats by increasing the security posture on the installation.
After the first hour of operations, Fangman said it appeared that agencies were reacting appropriately to the scenario they were given.http://www.theleafchronicle.com/article/20120510/NEWS01/305100015/Post-exercise-tests-radiation-scenarioNoteworthyThe FEMA Think Tank
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