The Park at OWA

September 4, 2019 - Foley, AL - (OBA®) - The Alabama Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) Medical and Command & Control Elements will be participating in a local training exercise on September 7 and 8, 2019 with local emergency services in Downtown OWA.

The goal is to increase the reality of the exercise by conducting scenarios in a crowded amusement park.  CERFPs are a combination of Army and Air National Guard units assembled of medical, search and extraction, decontamination, command and control, and fatality search and recovery teams.  They are specially trained to respond to mass casualty incidents and are always ready to deploy when needed within six hours of notification by state government personnel.  Once on site, CERFP personnel specialize in extracting victims and treating them by setting up a self-contained triage unit at the site of the disaster.

For the purpose of this exercise, the specialized triage unit will set up inside Downtown OWA.  Students from surrounding technical schools will serve as mock patients, inundating the triage and treatment areas with simulated emergency scenarios.  The students will provide moulage victims for patient throughput in the CERFP Medical Treatment tents.  Simultaneously, communication will be tested with local first responders, OWA emergency services, and CERFP.  The purpose of the drill is to test CERFP personnel in handling a tragic incident with varying degrees of injuries and to allow personnel the opportunity to practice their techniques.