Huntington FD’s and EMS Hold Emergency Drill
The Huntington Fire Department and Huntington Community First Aid Squad jointly hosted a town-wide emergency MCI (Mass Casualty Incident) drill to support Huntington Hospital operations on Sunday, June 9. The exercise simulated a car crashing into a building with a fire and hazardous materials contamination, resulting in multiple injuries. About 150 firefighters, emergency medical providers and juniors participated in the drill. The juniors portrayed the victims, and were outfitted with realistic looking injuries. Firefighters used heavy rescue extrication tools to gain access to the mock victims, some who were trapped and others scattered around the wreckage. Once removed and triaged according to the severity of their injuries, ambulances transported 48 patients to Huntington Hospital. The following agencies participated and provided standby coverage: Huntington, Halesite, Eaton’s Neck, Centerport, Greenlawn, Northport, East Northport, Dix Hills, and Commack FD’s, Huntington Community First Aid Squad, Wyandanch-Wheatley Heights Ambulance, and Suffolk County Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services Coordinators. The drill operation was held across from the Huntington firehouse on Leverich Place, and was under the command of Huntington Fire Chief Ken Cochrane.
Photos by Steve Silverman